Former Belleville, Ont. Nurse Charged With Dozens Of Illegal Use Of Personal Health Information

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BELLEVILLE, ON. – The Ontario Provincial Police has laid charges against a former Belleville area nurse accused of illegally using personal health information. In a press release, the Ontario Provincial Police alleged that the nurse illegally accessed personal health information while on duty for a period of six months between February and September 2018.

Police said the nurse’s employer conducted an audit of the alleged violations and then called the OPP.

Kimberley Ann Hokkanen, 59, of Center Hastings, faces 69 charges of use of personal information contrary to section 72 (1) (a) of the Personal Health Information Protection Act.

Personal health information includes identifying information about a person regarding their physical or mental health.

Hokkanen is scheduled to appear in court in Belleville on September 3, 2020.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

Catherine Walker, director of communications for Quinte Health Care, who oversees Belleville General Hospital, told CTV News in an email that she could not comment because charges had been laid and the case was pending. . She referred all questions to the OPP.

The OPP has not yet responded to CTV’s requests for additional information.

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