Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Incident: Patient information cards sold at auction in Saskatchewan

Another case of personal information being sold at auction, this time in hardcopy form:

Patient information cards sold at auction

REGINA -- The Saskatoon Health Region apologized Tuesday after more than 2,000 patient information cards that were supposed to be treated as "very confidential" were accidentally sold at an auction of health region surplus material rather than shredded.

The plastic cards are used to make imprints on documents for patient records. The cards contain names, dates of birth, addresses, religious affiliations, health card numbers and the names of the patient's doctor.

They were used between January and May of this year for day surgery patients and outpatients at City Hospital.....

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