Cleveland Clinic Sued by Patient After Releasing Medical Records in Response to a Subpoena

A Federal District Court ruled that the Cleveland Clinic, a hospital in Ohio, could be sued by a patient for an invasion of privacy resulting from the hospital’s release of the patient’s medical records in response to a grand jury subpoena issued by an Ohio court. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio ruled that more stringent state privacy standards supersesed the hospital’s obligations to comply with the subpoena and related disclosure requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The ruling allowed the patient to sue the hospital for invading his privacy.

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