134 patients affected by Fort Simpson records breach

An aerial shot of Fort Simpson. (Supplied by the GNWT.)
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There were 134 people affected by the records breach in Fort Simpson according to the NWTs health authority.

Yesterday, the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority started notifying the patients who were affected by the recent breach of health information that occurred in Fort Simpson.

An initial review of the records indicates that 134 people will need to be contacted. Sue Cullen, CEO of the NTHSSA noted in any privacy breach patient notification is the first priority.

“At this point, staff will be undertaking notification and working to provide support where required, a further investigation on the origin of these files will continue alongside the notification process.”

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Everyone impacted by the breach will receive initial notification by letter, including how further information will be provided and where they may get support.

The NTHSSA noted in a press release that after an initial look at the records it is unclear where they all came from and that a more comprehensive investigation will need to be done to determine their origin.

This investigation will look back at who was responsible for the delivery of programming related to mental health and addictions during the period the records were created. The release also stated it will continue to cooperate with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of the Northwest Territories throughout this process.

Individuals who require additional support may contact their health centre or, if appropriate, the NWT Help Line at 1-800-661-0844.

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