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Hospital Must Answer for Snooping Employees’ Privacy Breach

Nov. 2, 2018, 2:26 PM

A Virginia health-care system will have to answer claims that it is liable for its employees’ snooping into a patient’s confidential health information.

A Virginia trial court shouldn’t have dismissed Lindsey Parker’s complaint alleging Carilion Healthcare Corp. and Carilion Clinic should be held liable for their employees’ wrongdoing, the Virginia Supreme Court said Nov. 1. Parker alleged two Carilion employees accessed her confidential medical information and discussed her diagnosis with others.

Employees who access the health-care records of their friends, acquaintances, and famous people present a problem for health-care providers that has led to several lawsuits.

No Liability, Generally

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