B.C.'s PharmaNet system records names

B.C. government investigates PharmaNet data breach

Prescription drug information of 7,500 people exposed in breaches at four doctors' offices, Health Minister Terry Lake says

The B.C. government is keeping 7,500 people informed on progress of its investigation into the unauthorized access to their patient profiles on the PharmaNet data base, Health Minister Terry Lake says.

No financial information appears to be compromised in the incident, which took place through four B.C. physicians’ offices in late 2016 and early 2017. PharmaNet is used by pharmacists and 3,000 doctors’ offices, storing names, addresses, CareCard numbers and the past 14 months of medication history.

“We are working diligently to investigate the motivation behind this, how it happened as well, and a separate review of security is ongoing in terms of the PharmaNet database,” Lake said Thursday.

Premier Christy Clark said she is “profoundly concerned” about the security of medical information. If police or other outside expertise are required to determine what happened, they will be called in, she said.

“And if anyone in the government is found to be responsible for this, anyone in the employ of the public service, anyone who gets their fees from the government is found to be responsible, they will be fired immediately,” Clark said.

“There are very few things in your life as private as some of the details of the medication that you’re taking, the illnesses you may have experienced.”

 

Just Posted

Whisky society commits to charity donation in wake of whisky raids

Refund of Victoria Whiskey Festival tickets won’t impact charity beneficiaries

Victoria housing provider launches crisis prevention program to combat homelessness

Pacifica Housing aims to address challenges before tenants risk evictions

Victoria wins crucial WHL contest over Giants in Langley

Royals take over second in B.C. Division ahead of Vancouver

Cordova Bay group against plaza redevelopment

Cordova Bay shopping centre has three, four-storey buildings

Man hospitalized after early morning Sooke Road crash

Police say injuries are non life-threatening

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

Wind warning back in effect around Vancouver Island

80 km/h winds expected Saturday, Jan. 20, on east coast of Island, 100 km/h on west coast

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

UPDATE: BC Transit’s handyDart service strike delayed

LRB application by contractor means new strike notice must be issued by union

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Most Read