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Doe v Medlantic Health Care Group
Rasmussen College

Author Note This paper is being submitted on May 07, 2014, for Ann Nevers M230 Medical Law and Ethics Course.

Doe v Medlantic Health Care Group When a patient comes into the doctors’ office or hospital, they trust the employees to handle their medical records professionally. When a patient’s personal medical information gets released to people who should not know about that information, it can lead to very serious consequences and even emotional problems for the patient.
Doe, who was diagnosed with HIV, became ill and checked into a hospital owned by the Medlantic Health Care Group. Doe was employed as a janitor for a company that provided cleaning services for the U.S.
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MEDLANTIC HEALTH CARE GROUP, INC., Appellee 2001-2003). Goldring was dismissed from the case. The jury found the hospital liable for the breach of confidential relationship and awarded damages to Doe in the amount of $250,000, the jury found against Doe on the invasion of privacy claim because Goldring’s disclosure was not within the scope of Goldring’s employment with the hospital (John DOE, Appellant, v. MEDLANTIC HEALTH CARE GROUP, INC., Appellee 2001-2003). Breach of confidentiality occurs when a healthcare professional discloses patients protected health information to a third party who was not involved in the patient’s care without the patient’s consent. Doe’s confidentiality was breached when Goldring accessed his medical record without consent, and told his co-workers at the department of health that he was HIV positive.
This could have been prevented in a number of ways. One way breach of confidentiality could be prevented is to train your employees on the importance of keeping patients personal health information confidential, and also in the training session, employers could include the consequences that could occur if they did violate the breach of confidentiality. Since Goldring shouldn’t have had access to Doe’s medical record, the hospital should have things set in place such as passwords on the computers and limited access of PHI to medical staff, so unauthorized personnel cannot gain access to a patients

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