Medical Malpractice Victim Doesn’t Lose All of Her Medical Privacy Rights

Not so long ago the law seemed clear that people suing for personal injuries arising from medical malpractice or other accidents did not give up their privacy rights concerning their entire medical history but only as to those medical conditions and treatment that was related to the injuries claimed in the lawsuit. But lately defendants’ attorneys have been demanding authorizations … Read the rest

Subpoena for Hospital Records for Investigation of Death of Prison Inmate Held Enforceable Notwithstanding Privacy Laws

In the matter of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation vs. New York State Commission Of Correction, — N.E.2d —-, 2012 N.Y. Slip Op. 03571 (May 8, 2012), the Court of Appeals was called upon to decide the enforceability of a subpoena duces tecum issued by the Medical Review Board of the New York State Commission (“Commission”) to … Read the rest

Amid Privacy Concerns, Google Announces “Google Health”, an On-Line Health-Records Management System

Google has announced a pilot project called Google Health in which it will begin storing the medical records of 1,500 to 10,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic who agreed to an electronic transfer of their personal health records so they can be retrieved through Google’s service, which will not be open to the general public. Each health profile, including information … Read the rest

A Concierge is a Service Available Not Only at a Hotel

“Medical concierge,” also known as “boutique practice” and “retainer medicine”, is over 20 years old. The goal behind this form of medicine is to provide quality medical services that were formerly only able to be offered to affluent entertainers and the like. For instance, this field promotes limiting the number of patients that each doctor sees, increasing the number and … Read the rest

Recovery of Punitive Damages Allowed for Unauthorized Disclosure of Privileged Medical Information

The Appellate Division, Second Department of the New York State Supreme Court has ruled that an unmarried woman who underwent an abortion can recover punitive damages from the medical clinic where the procedure was performed for the clinic’s wrongful disclosure to her mother of private information from which the girl’s mother was able to deduce that the girl had undergone … Read the rest