What to do if my medical tests results were given out to my grandmother without my permission?

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What to do if my medical tests results were given out to my grandmother without my permission?

I recently had some blood work done by my doctor, as did my grandmother; we both use the same one. When she called to get her test results, she also asked about mine and was given those results. There was nothing wrong with my results but I’m furious that any of my info was shared without my consent. I live with my grandmother, but nowhere near being a minor. Is this something I can sue for, even if the information was given out by the receptionist?

Asked on March 14, 2014 under Malpractice Law, New York

Answers:

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

No, there is no private cause of action for a HIPAA violation.  You can report them to the federal Health and Human Services department.  Here is a link to file a complaint:  http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/


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