Health authority contacting patients about potential privacy breach

The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) says it's in the process of notifying over 2,800 patients and next of kin about a potential privacy breach of personal health information.

An official says the information is related to medical procedures that were planned, scheduled, or had occurred at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro.

The NSHA is apologizing for the potential breach, which was discovered by their IT security team when an employee's email account was compromised by an email scam.

Phishing emails often look like legitimate messages, but the sender can gain access to an individual's email account if they enter their log-in information in a provided link.

The health authority says it has notified the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Nova Scotia, and will work on any recommendations they may offer.

The NSHA says it has already taken several steps to ensure that all employees understand their obligation to protect patient information, as well as to monitor and identify inappropriate activity.