(update) Pathologists sue ex-WDH employee fired over privacy breach

Adam D. Krauss updates us on developments related to allegations concerning a breach at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (previous news stories here):

The former Wentworth-Douglass Hospital pathologists who claimed the hospital retaliated against them over a patient privacy have sued an ex-WDH employee who was fired over the matter.

In paperwork filed today at Strafford County Superior Court, Drs. Cheryl Moore and Glenn Littell, who ran Piscataqua Pathology out of WDH, claim Mary Lemieux of Pelham “inappropriately and unlawfully accessed” patients’ records 1,847 times and altered them about 1,500 times to “retaliate” against the doctors after she was transferred in June 2006 from the pathology transcription department to the hospital’s transcription department, where she remained for about a year.

They are seeking fair compensation for their damages “in an amount within the jurisdictional limits of the Superior Court,” as well as pre- and post-judgment interest and “further relief” deemed equitable and just.

“While working as a transcriptionist at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Defendant intentionally altered pathology patients’ records to show erroneous demographic data, misspelled names, changed treating physician’s names, eliminating treating physician names, entering erroneous specimen descriptions, noting the wrong gender, and making other alternations.”

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