Friday, September 09, 2005

HIPAA Violation in ED Case?

From HIPAA blog:

Interesting HIPAA issue: in this case in Illinois, the plaintiff sued the hospital on the grounds that the hospital did not see the plaintiff in the emergency room quickly enough to save her. In order to prove their case, the plaintiffs asked the hospital to release the time the patient checked into the ER, the time of treatment, and the "acuity" score for the patient. The plaintiffs wanted the information to show that other patients were seen more quickly than the deceased, and that it wasn't because the other patients were in a more urgent situation.


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