Hard Device Containing Health Records Stolen From Lacombe Clinic
The Alberta Health Services' (AHS) announced on Friday that a portable hard drive containing backup copies of 1,000 Alberta Health Services' Central Alberta Pain and Rehabilitation Institute (CAPRI) client records, was stolen from Dr. R. Burnham and Associates Medical Clinic in Lacombe
The AHS Chief Privacy Officer, Mike Tolfree said that the device contains clients' names, birth dates, addresses, health care numbers and prescription information. He said that the device was probably stolen between closing Friday, May 6, and Sunday, May 8.
Information and Privacy Commissioner Spokesperson, Wayne Wood said that the device was the private property of the Dr. Burnham clinic and was not an AHS device. The device was password protected but not encrypted.
The Alberta Health Services has advised the CAPRI clients to be vigilant about their personal information after the theft.
The Lacombe Police Service has launched an investigation into the matter and is considered it a break and enter case. The police have confirmed that no hard copies of patient files were taken in the break and enter. No financial loss has been reported in the case.
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