West Virginia hospital, med school file motion to dismiss allegations of sharing patient data

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Huntington, W.Va.-based Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is seeking to dismiss a case that alleges the medical school wrongfully disclosed a patient's information, according to the West Virginia Record.

The motions to dismiss were also filed by co-defendants Cabell Huntington Hospital and Radiology Inc. The defendants argue that the case should not be transferred to another county.

A former patient, who was a medical student at Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, filed a lawsuit against the medical school, hospital and radiology company alleging that his personal data was shown to his class.

The patient said that on April 15, 2018, the dean of Marshall University medical school sent him a letter that indicated a professor had used the patient's medical images as a teaching tool.

"It is unclear how many people were able to view the Plaintiff's sensitive medical information, and to how many other individuals they reported what they saw," the complaint said.

The former patient is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, saying the disclosure of his personal data caused severe anxiety and humiliation.

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