Hospital Website Privacy Fight To Stay In Federal Court

Law360 (August 3, 2020, 5:22 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was acting under a federal program for enhancing electronic health records when it created its patient portal website, so a proposed class action over whether the site illegally shared patients' identities and search history belongs in federal court.

U.S. District Judge Marilyn J. Horan agreed Friday with the UPMC's arguments that it had created its website as part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services' push for accessible, shareable electronic health records, and could be moved from state court, where the two Jane Doe plaintiffs initially filed...

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