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Fox Creek nurse fined for prying into patients’ health info

A Fox Creek nurse has been fined for snooping in patients’ health information. Jasmine Badger pleaded guilty on June 25th to accessing health information in contravention of the Health Information Act.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner says she accessed the health information of two patients 138 times between April 1, 2013 and July 18, 2016. Neither were patients of the Fox Creek Healthcare Centre, where Badger worked.

The pair noticed the breach in 2016 when they asked for logs of all the times their health information had been looked at in the electronic health record Alberta Netcare. When they noticed Badger had accessed their info, they reported it.

An investigation found their allegations were true. However, there is a two-year limitation period, so Badger only plead guilty to the accessing the health information of one person 35 times between October 7, 2015 and July 18, 2016, and the other eight times between November 1, 2015 and July 18, 2016.

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The OIPC says the information that was accessed included their medical profiles, demographic information, consultation details, lab results or analysis including blood work, and diagnostic imaging results such as x-rays and MRI. Charges were laid by Crown prosecutors in October 2017.

Badger received a $3,000 fine and a $900 victim fine surcharge. The OIPC notes that this is the first time since the Health Information Act was created in 2001 that a victim fine surcharge has been issued. It will help fund victim services like counselling.

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