July 04, 2018 2 min read
Mandatory privacy breach reporting comes into effect in Alberta as of August 31, 2018. From that date forward, custodians of patient information must notify the Privacy Commissioner, the Minister of Health, and the individual whose information was lost or improperly disclosed if there is risk of harm. Let’s examine how to assess risk of harm so that you can be sure if and when a breach needs to be reported. Your first step to assessing risk or harm is understanding the intent of the amendment to the regulation. These changes are meant to ensure individuals can take measures to protect themselves in the event the confidentiality of their personal information is compromised. In the wrong hands, patient information can be used for identity theft which has potential to damage the patient financially through fraud and medically through contamination of their medical record. With that perspective as your lens, you must consider all factors to determine risk or harm. Asking these questions will inform your investigation and help you decide if the breach must be reported:
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