Flatlands man says health records accessed without authorization

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A man from the Restigouche region says people should be able to expect privacy when it comes to their health records, even if they live in a small town where everyone seems to know everything about everyone.

This after Mark Firth of Flatlands says an employee at the Campbellton Regional Hospital accessed his health records on several occasions without authorization back in April.

Firth was notified of the breach by letter in July, and tells the Tribune he's surprised at how long it took to be brought up to speed.

The letter also stated that the employee has been disciplined and no longer has access to health records.

Vitalite Health Network's Thomas Lizotte says network authorities were notified by a monitoring system that activates when patient files are accessed without authorization.

Lizotte says the Personal Health Information Privacy Act protects patients from having their files opened by employees for any reasons other tan those pertaining to their work.

(with files from the Tribune)