Hospitals Should Review Auditing Practices

Dec 29 2014

The Toronto Star found significant differences in the auditing practices of GTA hospitals. The paper spoke with Acting Commissioner Beamish about the changes he hopes to see:

“There’s a spectrum out there,” acting Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish told the Star. “There are hospitals that have very robust systems put in place. And then there are ones where there may be something lacking and it takes an incident to bring that to light.”

Last week, Beamish released a damning report on Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital, which had a massive privacy breach involving more than 14,000 patients and still lacks the ability to track staff access to confidential files.

“I hope that this kind of an order brings some publicity and raises some awareness out there for hospitals to go back and take a look at how they are auditing and make sure that their audit is comprehensive enough,” Beamish told the Star