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New York Presbyterian Faces $2.2 Million Fine Related to TV Show Filming

NY Presbyterian seen from Roosevelt Island
NY Presbyterian seen from Roosevelt Island via Brian Tofte-Schumacher

The Department of Health and Human Services today announced a settlement against New York Presbyterian regarding what it called "egregious disclosure of two patients' protected health information".

In filming for the ABC show "NY Med", the hospital reportedly allowed unfettered access to the facilities, and in so doing, film crews captured medical incidents without getting prior consent of the patients involved, going so far as to film a dying patient and ignoring medical professionals' requests to stop.

From the Health Department's Office for Civil Rights statement:

By allowing individuals receiving urgent medical care to be filmed without their authorization by members of the media, NYP's actions blatantly violate the HIPAA Rules, which were specifically designed to prohibit the disclosure of individual's protected health information, including images, in circumstances such as these.

Read the full ruling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services site.

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