Health data breach review cost British Columbians $611K

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver



A security review ordered after the Ministry of Health shared confidential patient data on USB sticks with outside researchers and contractors cost taxpayers $611,000, freedom of information documents show.

The money paid to Deloitte & Touche LLP included interviews with representatives across the ministry to evaluate “internal controls” after a probe was launched in May 2012.

According to the released information, “Without this contract the ministry would not be in a position to answer any concerns from the public regarding a recent investigation of allegations regarding data use.”

The government probe found three cases of data being inappropriately accessed, including confidential information about sexual history, Medical Services Plan claims, hospital records and other data.

The number of affected British Columbians was believed to be in the millions.



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