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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 950 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 December 2017 by Hon Michael Mischin

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 6 December 2017

      950. Hon MICHAEL MISCHIN to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:
I refer to the complainant and respondent referred to in the Public Sector Commissioner's report tabled on 29 November 2017, titled ''PathWest's management of a complaint about disclosure of confidential personal information''.
      (1) On how many occasions from and including 2006 did the respondent have access to the complainant's medical records?
(2) Can the minister list those occasions in (1) by date and time?
      (3) How many occasions in (1) were for plainly legitimate reasons and in the ordinary course of business?
(4) How many occasions in (1) were for plainly illegitimate reasons?
      (5) Has there, since the complainant's complaint, been any other instance reported of a PathWest employee having illegitimate access to a patient's medical records; and, if so, what are the dates, times and circumstances of that access; and what action is being taken?
Hon SAMANTHA ROWE replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question and answer on behalf of the parliamentary secretary. I am advised —
      (1)–(4) The report found that none of the patient data systems used by either PathWest or the Department of Health keep an audit log of when a user logs into the system or when a user views a patient record. The systems create an auditable log only when a user either creates a new record or makes a change to an existing record.
(5) Yes. There are two cases currently under review.