Calgary pharmacist suspended for improperly accessing patients' health information

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A Calgary pharmacist has been suspended for three months after a provincial regulator found she improperly accessed the health information for multiple patients on a number of occasions over a 20-month period.

Shemina Juma, who worked as a pharmacist with Alberta Health Services in Calgary, was found by the Alberta College of Pharmacy to have made the unauthorized accesses, including accessing her own electronic health records.

"Miss Juma's conduct displayed a clear lack of judgment. She was not a new employee or pharmacist and should have understood that accessing health records without an authorized purpose was not appropriate," the tribunal said in its decision.

"This was not an isolated incident of a single lapse in judgment. Miss Juna's conduct was repeated over a number of years and for a number of patients."

The tribunal said there was no information that suggested Juma disclosed the health information of the patients.

Juma will face a three-month suspension and a reprimand, and must successfully complete an ethics course at her own cost within one year.

She must also disclose the tribunal's decision to any pharmacy employer for two years, and is prohibited from being a pharmacy manager for two years. Juma must also pay $10,000 toward the cost of the investigation.

The tribunal said Juma has admitted to her conduct.