Justice determines breach of confidentiality of medical records

Jenni Smith reports:

The court determined the breach of confidentiality of patient records of the health operator Prevent Senior who died of covid-19. The operator is suspected of forging death certificates and omitting covid-19 as the cause of death in some cases. The information was initially released by TV Globo and confirmed by the report of UOL. The decision was based on a request from the Civil Police, which is investigating the company.

The objective would be to understand, for example, the difference in information such as cause of death in the death certificate and in the certificates of the physician Anthony Wong and that of Regina Hang, mother of businessman Luciano Hang. Three other names are also on the list for breaking the confidentiality of medical records: actors Gesio Amadeu and João Acaiabe and journalist Orlando Duarte. Both died in Prevent Senior hospital units.

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This seems to be a translation, but if it is, I haven’t yet found the original source. In any event, it seems somewhat related to a politically related scandal in Brazil about unapproved COVID-19 treatments being used in some cases and some patients’ records being inaccurate in terms of mentioning COVID-19, failing to mention COVID-19, or omitting it from some people’s death certificates.  As best as I can tell, there does seem to be some privacy-related issue here involving medical confidentiality, but this all may be part of a bigger political fight.

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