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    Toronto Sun (Canada): Patients sue Ottawa hospital for $40M for lost information

    The Toronto Sun reports on a medical data privacy issue in Ottawa:

    OTTAWA — A group of patients whose personal information was lost is suing Montfort Hospital in Ottawa for $40 million.

    The suit stems from a lost USB memory stick that contained information on 25,000 patients. The stick was lost in November 2012 before it was eventually recovered.

    The memory stick contained patient names, a summary of services received, the date of service and a code representing the health care provider on the case. It also included information on 1,255 members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

    The plaintiffs are accusing the Montfort of breach of contract, negligence, breach of privacy and violating its own bylaws and the Personal Health Information and Protection Act (PHIPA), […]

    The suit charges the hospital also failed to ensure the memory device was password protected and that the hospital “failed to disclose the loss of personal information “in a timely manner.”

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