[ Wednesday, November 19, 2014 ]
Jeff [2:16 PM]
Prime Healthcare Services' Shasta Regional Medical Center in California was fined by the State of California
in a case involving an advocacy group trying to make the hospital look bad. A patient disclosed her own medical information related to her stay at Shasta Regional Medical Center; when the press asked the hospital executives about the matter, they disclosed the patient's information in defending the hospital, which served as the basis for the state and federal fines. Apparently the patient also sued, but lost;
the court determined that the patient had implicitly waived her privacy rights by making the initial disclosure to the hospital, and that therefore there was no improper disclosure of private information or any harm suffered by the patient.
Hat tip: Theresa Defino
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