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Woman fined for improperly accessing sensitive health information

09/11/2014 06:02 EDT | Updated 11/11/2014 05:59 EST
CORNER BROOK, N.L. - A health-care clerk in western Newfoundland who pleaded guilty to unlawfully obtaining personal health information has been fined $5,000.

Donna Colbourne was charged after officials discovered that more than 1,000 files at Western Regional Hospital in Corner Brook had been improperly viewed.

Colbourne acknowledged in court that on 75 occasions between April 20, 2012 and May 14, 2012 she illegally accessed patient information for purposes unrelated to her job.

In an agreed statement of facts, Colbourne confirmed he work computer gave her access to the billing code for each patient visit, which can include sensitive health information.

Colbourne also had access to all patient names, addresses, billing information, dates of birth, emergency contact information and marital status information.

The Western Health authority notified all individuals who were affected by these breaches.

Colbourne was removed from her position in May 2012 and she pleaded guilty to the charge in April 2014 in Corner Brook provincial court.

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