Premier Christy Clark says she is “profoundly disturbed” about a data breach in the province’s PharmaNet system leaving the medical information of approximately 7,500 people compromised.
Clark says an investigation is underway, and if a culprit is discovered action will be swift.
“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, they will be fired immediately.”
On top of the 7,500 patients, the breach also includes 14 doctors and another 80 people who had their medication history viewed.
The PharmaNet system carries information including CareCard/BC Services Card numbers, full names, addresses, date of birth, gender, as well as 14 months of medication history.
It’s not the first time the system has been breached. Back in 2014, 1,600 people had their files compromised after a hacker got into the system.
An investigation into the latest breach began in the fall, but it only became public yesterday.
“I don’t know the details of how the investigation will be conducted,” Clark says.
“But I know that if independent scrutiny or expertise outside the ministry is required they are authorized to call that in.”
The Ministry of Health said in a statement yesterday that it was looking into four specific incidents of “unusual PharmaNet activity.”
The province is in the process of notifying patients and doctors who may have been affected.
In addition to the ongoing investigation, the ministry is conducting a separate security review of PharmaNet to be completed in July.
With files form Liza Yuzda