Lawsuit Claims Medical Center Employees Posted Patient’s STD Diagnosis To Facebook

stdSharing a patient’s medical record with anyone other than the patient is a big, fat no-no. Not only can companies found to be leaking the super-sensitive information be fined millions of dollars, but it opens them up to a range of lawsuits. And one Ohio medical center has found itself in that exact situation.

A Cincinnati woman filed a lawsuit seeking $25,000 in damages against the University of Cincinnati Medical Center alleging that an employee posted her medical records on Facebook, WLWT News 5 reports (warning: video auto plays).

The primary exhibit in the lawsuit is a screenshot of the woman’s medical record, showing her personal information and the diagnosis of syphilis, posted on the Facebook group “Team No Hoes” and followed by comments calling her a “hoe.”

“She was absolutely devastated. That is the most private of private medical information that was posted on Facebook and went out to a group on Facebook that had a huge dissemination,” the woman’s attorney says. “For an employee of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to post that information on a social media device that millions of people have access to, it’s above and beyond the law and that’s why we feel that they’re responsible.”

According to the lawsuit, the woman’s ex-boyfriend allegedly talked two UC employees into releasing the records, a violation of state and federal laws.

A UC Medial Center spokeswoman said the center has yet to receive a copy of the lawsuit and could not comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit also asks UC Medical Center to look at its procedures to make sure a similar situation doesn’t happen again.

The woman’s lawyer says she has been devastated by the situation.

“She doesn’t want to go out. She doesn’t want to talk to people. People who were formerly her friends have made fun of her for it. She’s chastised in the community and all of this could’ve been avoided if UC Med Center had proper protections in place.”

Lawsuit: UC Med Center employees leaked patient’s history on Facebook [WLWT5]

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  1. StevenB says:

    While I obviously agree that what the employees did was very wrong, I think the woman is exaggerating just a bit about how devastated she is. While she’s no doubt pissed off and embarrassed, I think the whole line about being chastised, can’t go out in public, etc, is just bs to help her case. Seriously though, “her friends” making fun of her for it? Suddenly all her friends are part of this Facebook group where this post was made? Lol.

    • Mokona512 says:

      Everyone knows that previously dormant physic powers will activate for a limited amount of time in everyone who knows you, or may encounter you, the moment someone posts personal information about you online. Those powers allow them to automatically sense that the info was posted as well as how to access it.

      Instead of focusing on the public outrage which will not stand up in court, or may be argued that she willingly spread the info beyond the people in the group, she should focus on the violation of the laws, and the psychological and emotional harm that it has caused her.

      PS violating HIPAA this way can carry up to a 1.5 million dollar fine :)

      • DyinMyelin says:

        Since her x got her med records and posted them I can imagine the word got out pretty quickly. Bottom feeder has his splashy victory tie on, amount seems reasonable to compensate for actual damages plus a punitive hit (which this medical center certainly deserves). It’s not a “never have to work again” windfall.