CINCINNATI – An Ohio hospital is at the center of a lawsuit after attorneys say an employee posted sensitive medical information on the Internet.
A Cincinnati woman says because of Facebook, many people now know she has syphilis.
When you head to the doctor, you expect your medical information to remain private.
However, this patient claims an employee at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center posted her medical records on the social networking site.
Attorney Mike Allen says employees took a photo of his client’s medical record and posted it to a Facebook group called “Team No Hoes.”
Allen says, “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.”
Allen says the post was followed by comments referring to his client as a “hoe” and a “slut.”
He said, “To have that kind of information in the public domain when it is clearly legally to be protected, that’s a problem and that’s a problem that UC’s responsible for.”
The woman is now suing the medical center, two employees and her ex-boyfriend.
Allen claims the woman’s ex-boyfriend convinced the employees to release the medical records, violating state and federal laws.
A spokesperson for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center released the following statement:
“We have not received a copy of the lawsuit but we will certainly investigate it and we cannot comment on pending litigation.”
Allen says the consequences have been devastating to his client.
He said, “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 Medical Center had proper protections in place.”
The lawsuit is asking the medical center to look at its procedures to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.
Also, the victim is seeking $25,000 in damages.