A Vancouver Coastal Health employee has been fired for violating the privacy of five local media personalities.
According to the regional health authority, the worker admitted to looking at the medical records of the five individuals, who have received care through VCH, for non-clinical reasons out of “curiosity”. The privacy breach was discovered in late November during a “routine” audit of patient file access, VCH says.
“That a staff member would breach a patient’s right to privacy is extremely disappointing and violates the confidentiality agreement that must be signed by each of our employees,” Dr. David Ostrow, president and CEO of VCH, said in a news release today (December 6). “It also violates the trust people place in us, and we apologize not only to those directly impacted by this but to all our patients, clients and residents.”
VCH says it has notified the media personalities but will not be publicly identifying them. News1130 has reported that one of the affected “high-profile” individuals works at the radio station.
According to VCH, the fired employee has maintained the information in the medical records wasn’t shared with anyone else.