One of two people charged with inappropriately accessing the health records of patients had her case called in provincial court in St. John’s this morning.
Colleen M. Weeks, 39, of Mount Pearl is facing one charge to wilfully obtaining or attempting to obtain another individual’s personal health information by falsely representing that she was entitled to the information, thus breaching the Personal Health Information Act.
The alleged offence occurred between July 10, 2010 and July 12, 2012.
Weeks, a former Eastern Health employee, wasn’t in court today but was represented by lawyer Randy Piercey.
Piercey told Judge Colin Flynn that he had not yet received disclosure from the Crown.
Crown prosecutor Vikas Khaladkar said he would get disclosure of the Crown’s case to Piercey as soon as possible.
The case was set over to May 22.
In late April, provincial information and privacy commissioner Ed Ring announced that two people accused last year of inappropriately accessing the health records of patients now face criminal charges.
The second person charged — a former employee of Western Health — is scheduled to appear at provincial court in Corner Brook on May 28.
Ring has said the investigation which led to the charges marked the first time the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has used section 88(1)(a) of the act to lay charges against an individual.
After the health authorities contacted patients whose records were accessed, some chose to file complaints with Ring's office.