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LEGAL — FTC Settles with Company for Using Private Health Data in Public Physician Reviews

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

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USA June 9 2016

The FTC recently reinforced its commitment to protecting consumer health data in its settlement with electronic health record company Practice Fusion. The company, which stores consumer health data in a cloud for healthcare providers, was charged with misleading consumers when it sought patients’ reviews of their doctors without disclosing that the information would be shared online.

According to the complaint, patients were asked to rate their doctors in an email sent by the company. The email indicated that the patient’s information would be shared with his or her physician. After providing an initial review, patients were then sent to a survey where they could give more information about their recent appointment. Included in the survey was a text box where the patient could share comments. Here, many patients entered private information. This included full names, phone numbers, and details about medical conditions. Practice Fusion’s privacy policy did not indicate that the company would publicly post reviews by patients.

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