Island Health says a privacy breach involving a former employee has affected 102 people at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
The health authority confirmed the breach on Tuesday afternoon and called the situation “unacceptable.”
“We wholeheartedly apologize to everyone who has been affected by this situation,” Island Health said in a statement.
All 102 people affected by the breach are being notified that their records searched and accessed without appropriate authorization.
Island Health said the breach involved one employee who is no longer associated with Island Health but would not discuss any further personnel matters.
“The privacy and security of our patients’ and clients’ personal and health information is a top priority for Island Health. Our employees are well aware that snooping into the health records of family and friends, or anyone, is prohibited. They receive information and training about privacy, their employee obligations when accessing confidential information and records, and they sign confidentiality acknowledgements which must be renewed annually,” Island Health said in a statement.