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[Dataloss] Canada: Sick Kids doctor loses data on 3,300 patients

From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Fri Aug 31 2007 - 20:32:07 CDT

past related article: http://attrition.org/dataloss/2007/03/sickkids01.html


Six weeks after Ontario's privacy commissioner ordered the Hospital for
Sick Children not to remove electronic health records from the hospital, a
doctor lost an external hard drive containing such records at the
country's busiest airport.

The hard drive, lost at Pearson International on April 21, contained
personal health data on 3,300 patients who had received eye examinations
or eye treatment at the hospital. The files included patient names, dates
of birth, diagnoses, ophthalmologic images, and photographs of eyes and
eye injuries.

Helen Simeon, director of public affairs at Sick Kids, said it took months
to reconstruct the information and affected patients were not notified of
the security breach until a letter was sent Aug. 28.

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