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Woman accuses CAMC of confidentiality breach with infant's information

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 14, 2016

CHARLESTON – A woman is suing Charleston Area Medical Center after she claims it breached its duty of confidentiality and provided her infant’s private medical information to a third party.

In late 2014, Z.D. was a patient in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at CAMC and Andrekia Lawton was informed by an acquaintance of hers that a representative of the hospital’s NICU had contacted the acquaintance and shared Z.D.’s medical information for the purpose of seeking authorization to perform a medical procedure on Z.D., according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Lawton claims the acquaintance was mistakenly contacted by the representative because she was pregnant at the same time and had received treatment at CAMC and the acquaintance believed the information being shared with her concerned her unborn child.

Once the acquaintance realized the medical information being shared was regarding Z.D., she contacted Lawton and informed her, according to the suit.

Lawton claims CAMC did not follow established identity verification procedures before sharing Z.D.’s medical information with the acquaintance and breached its duty of confidentiality.

The defendant’s actions were also an invasion of privacy and negligent, according to the suit.

Lawton is seeking compensatory damages. She is being represented by Sean W. Cook of Meyer Ford & Glasser.

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Charles King.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 16-C-1457

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