Medical curiosity kills therapist’s career

Repeated breaches of confidentiality lead to termination
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/14/2014

Curiosity killed the career of a Saskatchewan-based physical therapist.

Joan McHattie, a physical therapist with 25 years of service and a clean discipline record, was fired after accessing the personal health information of 99 patients without authorization.

The persons affected were not McHattie’s patients, nor were they within her circle of care. Personal health information is confidential and restricted to health care providers on a need-to-know basis. The Prairie North Health Region found McHattie had no need for the medical information she accessed and dismissed her for the breach of confidentiality.