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Calgary-area lab assistant pleads guilty to looking at health info of 34 people

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EDMONTON - An Alberta medical lab assistant has pleaded guilty to altering a test result as well as looking at the health information of 34 people connected to a man with whom she had a personal relationship.

Christie McCarthy of Airdrie pleaded guilty to improperly accessing health information and uttering forged documents.

McCarthy was given a four month conditional sentence followed by eight months' probation and a $500 fine.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner released the information.

According to the agreed statement of facts, McCarthy worked at the Calgary Laboratory Services Patient Service Centre in Airdrie when the offences occurred.

Assistant Commissioner Marylin Mun says the office takes it very seriously when someone accesses health information for purposes unrelated to patient care and will continue to hold offenders accountable.

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