Thursday, January 5, 2012

Doctor Caught Spying on Lovers' Medical Records

A Singapore doctor has been fined S$10,000 (about US$7,700) for breaching the privacy of two patients not under his care.

Based on a complaint from the KK Women's and Children's Hospital, where the doctor was employed, the Singapore Medical Council held a Disciplinary Committee Inquiry. He admitted to knowingly and intentionally accessing and reading the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) of the patients without their consent.

The doctor was romantically involved with the first patient, who was seeking treatment for a suspected sexually-transmitted disease. He accessed her records for concerns over his own health. He was also involved with the second patient, who was alleged to have harassed him after he ended their relationship. He accessed her medical records to find out the patient's appointments in order to avoid her.
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Sources:
(a) Doctor fined, censured for spying at patients' records - Channel NewsAsia, Jan 5, 2012
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