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COVID-19 is very serious public health responsibility and we are being trusted to provide services of the highest standard for clinicians and their patients. Given the considerable media and public interest in the virus, it’s timely to take a moment to remember our obligations to protect the confidentiality of patient information:
Remember if you suspect, or are informed, that a work colleague has breached a patient’s privacy you must report it to your manager and to NSWHP’s Privacy Contact Officer Matthew Ryan.
Local Health Districts routinely audit their electronic medical record systems for inappropriate access. Those who do the wrong thing will be caught.
There are serious penalties for staff who breach privacy, ranging from disciplinary action such as suspension and dismissal to an $11,000 fine or two year’s imprisonment (or both). Referral to the NSW Police Force and the Independent Commission Against Corruptions is also possible.
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