Court revives patient's lawsuit against Indiana hospital for medical record snooping, HIPAA violation

Becker's Hospital Review

Jackie Drees

An Indiana Court of Appeals reinstated a patient's claim that Fort Wayne-based Parkview Health System is vicariously liable for the actions of an employee who viewed the patient's medical records and wrongfully shared the information, according to The Indiana Lawyer.

In October 2017, former Parkview Health medical assistant Alexis Christian accessed Haley SoderVick's medical records during her appointment and then shared protected health information, including potential diagnosis and employment, with Ms. Christian's husband.

After notifying Ms. SoderVick in May 2018 of the inappropriate disclosure of her protected health information, Ms. SoderVick sued Parkview Health, claiming the hospital was vicariously liable for Ms. Christian's actions, it was negligent for failing to provide adequate training and...

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