A breach to B.C.’s PharmaNet system has compromised the medical information of around 7,500 people, along with 14 doctors and an additional 80 people who had their medication history viewed.
The system carries information including CareCard/BC Services Card numbers, full names, addresses, date of birth, gender as well as 14 months of medication history.
B.C.’s Ministry of Health say in a statement that an investigation into this issue has been ongoing since Fall 2016, looking into four specific incidents of “unusual PharmaNet activity.”
Both patients and doctors who may have been impacted by the breach are in the process of being notified, says the ministry. Affected physician offices and PharmaNet system vendors are also putting additional security measures in place as a result.
Doctors of BC, the College of Physicians and Surgeons BC, and the Canadian Medical Association have all been notified, as well as the The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
In addition to the ongoing investigation, the ministry is conducting a separate security review of PharmaNet to be completed in July.