The Chair of the Thompson Nicola Regional District, and mayor of Cache Creek, is concerned about a data breach at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.
In a letter obtained by NL News Deana Rismondo, the manager of the Ambulatory Care Unit, says a binder containing names, medical history, and colon screening information of Royal Inland patients has vanished.
John Ranta says all of this is alarming.
“The letter goes on to say they have contacted the privacy commissioner. They have taken every action they can think of in order to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The patient is supposed to feel reassured? Now that the horse is out of the barn we have closed the barn door. Meanwhile the data is out there and they do not know where it is.”
Ranta says there are still a lot of unanswered questions.
“It doesn’t go into details of how many people were affected. It was a file of information related to colon screening of patients at Royal Inland Hospital.”
The letter dated March 1st says it is difficult to fully assess the level of risk to the patient.
It also advised people impacted to file a report with a credit monitoring agency and to request an alert be placed on a person’s file in the event of any identity theft.