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Airdrie woman convicted of accessing personal health information

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2014 10:48 am

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An Airdrie woman has been convicted of accessing the personal health information of 34 people and uttering forged documents.

Airdrie resident Christie McCarthy pleaded guilty to one global charge for improper access of health information under the Health Information Act (HIA) and three charges under the Criminal Code for uttering forged documents.

Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton opened an offence investigation into unauthorized access of health information following a breach that was reported to her office by Calgary Lab Services.

In the fall of 2012, McCarthy was charged with 34 offenses under the HIA as well as six Criminal Code offenses.

The agreed statement of facts detailed how during McCarthy’s time as a lab assistant at the Calgary Laboratory Services Patient Service Centre in Airdrie, she altered a lab test result and unlawfully accessed the health information of 34 people including neighbours, acquaintances, and family members of a man she was in a personal relationship with.

“Our office takes it very seriously when someone accesses health information for purposes unrelated to patient care and we will continue to hold offenders accountable in these circumstances,” said Assistant Commissioner Marilyn Mun in a press release.

McCarthy has received a four-month sentence, followed by eight months probation in relation to the Criminal Code offences and a $500 fine in relation to the HIA offences.

This is the third time that charges have been laid under the HIA and the third conviction.


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