Female Patients’ Privacy Violated As Part Of Sharp Hospital’s Video Drug Surveillance Operation
The hospital has issued an apology for what it says was a breach of their patients' privacy. “If you’re missing drugs, you don’t just pop cameras in a place where women are naked. It’s ridiculous that Sharp thought this was a reasonable way to figure this all out,” said one woman.
Sharp Hospital Apologizes For Privacy Breach As Video Sting Provokes Backlash
Sharp Grossmont Hospital has apologized for releasing 14 video clips that included women undergoing obstetric surgery, an error it said constituted a breach of their medical privacy and has led to state and federal agency notification. “We are very sorry that this error occurred and that the privacy of these patients was breached,” the Sharp Grossmont statement said. The hospital mistakenly released the clips to an attorney representing a doctor the hospital said is seen in the videos taking bottles of sedatives from surgery carts and putting them in his pocket. Hospital spokesman John Cihomsky said Grossmont is trying to identify each patient shown in these clips, and when it does it will notify them of the breach. (Clark, 5/19)