Snooping pharmacist hit with $6k fine


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A pharmacist has been fined after he snooped in the health information of a person with whom he had been in a car accident

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commission of Canadian province Alberta has issued a statement about an Edmonton-based pharmacist who has been fined for inappropriately using health information.

“Stanislaus Soosai accessed and used the health information of an individual with whom he was in a vehicle accident in an attempt to persuade the individual from submitting an insurance claim for the vehicle accident,” the Office said.

This individual submitted a complaint in April 2018 to the Office of the Commissioner, which opened an offence investigation into Mr Soosai’s actions.

“Upon conclusion of its investigation, the OIPC referred findings to the Specialized Prosecutions Branch of Alberta Justice. Charges were laid in July 2019,” it said.

“It is an offence under [the Health Information Act] to knowingly use health information in contravention of the Act.”

Mr Soosia was fined CAD$5000 (AUD$5095.68) as well as a CAD$1000 (AUD$1019.41) victim fine surcharge.

It’s not the first time a Canadian pharmacist went looking in the health information of a person with whom they had had a car accident.

In September 2018, Nova Scotia’s privacy commissioner criticised the way the Health Department had responded to a case in which a pharmacist snooped in health records, and shared her findings.

Robyn Keddy had inappropriately accessed the electronic health information of 46 people, including her child’s friends, teachers and romantic partner, pharmacy colleagues and a person who had been in a motor vehicle accident with her.

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