Woman claims phlebotomist posted confidential info on Facebook

2014-05-16T19:00:00Z 2014-05-19T16:11:56Z Woman claims phlebotomist posted confidential info on FacebookTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 16, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A Lake County woman is suing St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and one of its phlebotomists, claiming her health information and test results were photographed and posted on Facebook.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Ashley Guevara alleges hospital employee Amanda Martinez in February used her employee access to electronic confidential files to take pictures of Guevara's personal medical information, which Guevara claims Martinez then put on the Internet without consent.

"Martinez published Ashley's sensitive, personally identifiable health information on Facebook for the express purpose of holding Ashley up to public ridicule," the lawsuit states.

It alleges the information was posted with malicious intent to cause Guevara severe emotional distress. It also caused her anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment, the suit states.

The lawsuit also accuses the hospital of negligence, stating it owed Guevara a duty to keep her medical records and test results confidential.

The Times was unable to reach Martinez for comment. 

St. Catherine Hospital released a statement that it takes patient privacy and confidentiality seriously and investigates any alleged violation of a patient’s privacy rights. The individual named in the lawsuit is no longer employed by St. Catherine Hospital.

* This story has been edited from a previous version.

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