A Red Deer doctor today admitted his guilt, expressing his embarrassment, after boxes of health records were discovered that were left behind in a former medical office.
The report compiled by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta unveiled on Wednesday, claimed that the incident is not the first one learnt, as Dr. Anthony John Ford had faced such a complaint against him earlier, as well.
Brian Hamilton, a Portfolio Officer with the office of the Privacy Commissioner wrote in his findings, "By failing to conduct an inventory of health records after moving offices, I find the custodian failed to safeguard health information".
Last January, Vanalta Management Ltd., a property management Company, reported to the Privacy Commissioner that its staff had discovered 10 boxes of medical records in the former office space of the Highland Park Medical Centre, which had been hired by Ford.
The records presented contained diagnostic, treatment and care related information, in addition to names of the patient, their contact information and personal health numbers.
The records delivered to the office of the privacy commissioner have now been given back to Ford. The incident was brought into light following a period of six months after Ford had been out of his practice.