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“Alberta Health Services has been working with the physician to identify the patients who may have been involved and working with him to develop resources and supports for them.”
Data brokers then aggregate this deidentified health information and sell it to third party buyers; for example Adam Tanner of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science estimates that a large pharmaceutical company might pay between $10 million and $40 million per year for data, consulting and services from Iqvia alone.
He said letters to the affected patients will go out early next week.Ted Braun said the account was improperly used to convey health details, which include patients’ names, dates of birth, addresses, personal health numbers and limited diagnostic and treatment information. The incident directly contravenes the information security and privacypolicies that prohibit conducting clinical business on behalf of AHS and AHS patients using non-AHS-issued email accounts.
No evidence suggests patients’ personal and health care information has been accessed by the hacker, however, police are currently investigating the matter and AHS is conducting an internal review. Braun said the physician is being co-operative.
Florida city agrees to pay hackers $600k to get computer systems backAlberta Health Services delivers medical care on behalf of the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Health through 400 facilities throughout the province. AHS is the largest single health authority in Canada and is the largest employer in the province of Alberta as well as being the fifth largest single employer in Canada.