Alberta health records for hundreds of thousands stolen

[ http://bit.ly/1c4Lgr1 ]Laptop containing health information for hundreds of thousands of Albertans stolen, province seeking investigation

Alberta’s Health Minister issued a statement Wednesday saying he had requested an official investigation into the theft of a laptop containing the personal health information of thousands of Albertans, in the fall.

Minister Fred Horne said in the statement the Vice President of Medicentres Family Health Care Clinics had informed him a laptop with identifying information such as the name, date of birth, provincial health care card numbers, and billing and diagnostic codes for 620,000 Albertans had been stolen in September, 2013.

“I am extremely disappointed that it has taken this long for this to be brought to the government’s attention,” Horne said in the statement. “Albertans want to know that their information is secure and protected.”

Horne said the theft had been reported to the Edmonton Police Service, and Alberta’s Privacy Commissioner.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)
www.una.ab.ca

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