Earlier this week, I mentioned the Doe v. Guthrie Clinic, Ltd. case and what it may mean for provider liability. In a nutshell, the plaintiff in Guthrie seeks to extend the fiduciary duty of patient confidentiality beyond the licensed provider to the medical corporation, including hospitals and medical practices. Under the proposed theory, the hospital or medical practice could be held directly liable for the unauthorized disclosure of patient information regardless of whether an employee disclosed the information within the scope of employment. In other words, the unauthorized disclosure of patient information would be attributed to the medical corporation, which acting through its representatives, breached patient confidentiality.In Guthrie, the Plaintiff was at the Guthrie Clinic for the treatment of a sexually transmitted disease. Megan Stalbird was a nurse at the clinic and also the sister-in-law of Plaintiff’s girlfriend, Jessica.While Plaintiff was receiving treatment, Stalbird sent several text messages to Jessica discussing Plaintiff’s STD (for reasons unrelated to Plaintiff’s care (and thus, outside the scope of her employment)). Plaintiff subsequently learned about the text messages and notified the clinic. The clinic fired Stalbird and readily admitted to the breach of health information.The Guthrie plaintiff then brought suit against the clinic for… Read full this story
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