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How *not* to do patient privacy

Sensitive medical information of patients being admitted to certain hospitals across the Greater Vancouver Area is being broadcast, unencrypted, by hospital paging systems, and these broadcasts are trivially easy to intercept by anyone in the region.


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Re: How *not* to do patient privacy


@rslade wrote:

Sensitive medical information of patients being admitted to certain hospitals across the Greater Vancouver Area is being broadcast, unencrypted, by hospital paging systems, and these broadcasts are trivially easy to intercept by anyone in the region.


Under US law, that would be a gross violation of HIPAA. Does Canada have a similar patient privacy law? HIPAA fines can be grotesquely high.

 

 

 

 

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