Hospital beefs up EHR audits after firing snooping nurse

A nurse at Ontario's Norfolk General Hospital has been fired after the hospital discovered she had been improperly accessing patients' medical records in the hospital's electronic health record system for the past nine years, in violation of Canada's Personal Information Protection Act, Healthcare IT News reported. The hospital initiated an investigation after being tipped off by a former patient.

More than 1,300 patients were affected and notified by the hospital, which also has beefed up its random audits of users of the EHR system. There was no indication as to the motivation behind the nurse's snooping. Article

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