Case of woman charged with inappropriately accessing health records of patients called in court

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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.

 

 

Organizations: Western Health, Office of the Information

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Corner Brook

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  • mr.niceguy
    May 04, 2013 - 00:39

    just because you colored your hair brown don't mean we all don't know who you are why don't you just shave your head and go in hiding you should be ashamed

  • amanda lewis
    May 04, 2013 - 00:36

    if this woman gets her job back what kind of health care system are we going to have no privacy ! for her to do this to people what kind of help does she even have to offer a person , personally i think in my opion they should just lock her up and teach her a lesson then mabey think about giving her job back after she proves she has learned her lesson to the public or give her some kind of communtiy service of some type i myself would not feel safe having to go see this nurse unless she had proven that she was truly sorry because this is people private lifes she was snooping into and she is an educated person so she knew she was in the wrong by doing what she done..not sure what alse to say here just shocks me that peoples private lifes could become exposed by someone you are sposed to trust with saving your life at times ..just shocked!

  • Matlock
    May 03, 2013 - 22:03

    According to the article, these individuals "now face criminal charges". However, they are being charged under the Personal Health Information Act, not the Criminal Code of Canada. Or am I missing something here?

  • Just Sayin
    May 03, 2013 - 09:36

    Disclosure should be automatic before a matter is called in court. Meanwhile the defence lawyer has to appear when the matter is called in court, and if they didn't agree in advance to set over pending disclosure. If the lawyer is out of town, this involves travel expenses and time, and may cost the defence lawyer's client a thousand or 1500 dollars for a 15 minute hearing to just set it over for a later date. This is part of the games that go on. Why didn't the judge award costs of this against the crown, if they were asked to disclose and failed to do so.

    • steve
      May 03, 2013 - 12:10

      I didn't see anything in the news story saying that disclosure had been requested from the Crown before today.