The popular TV doctor's actions resulted in a hospital getting sued for millions.
New York Presbyterian hospital will have to pay $2.2 million after TV doctor Dr. Oz captured footage of a man dying on camera and aired it.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights announced the settlement this past week, stating that the hospital violated medical ethics allowing Dr. Oz’s “NY Med” program to film patients without their consent, according to the statement.
New York Presbyterian hospital allowed an ABC crew to film someone who was dying as well as another person who was in “significant distress” — and this despite the fact that a medical professional had asked them to stop filming.
New York Presbyterian said in a statement that it did not violate the HIPAA Privacy Rule by allowing the filming.
“Today, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has reached a $2.2 million settlement with New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) for the egregious disclosure of two patients’ protected health information (PHI) to film crews and staff during the filming of “NY Med,” an ABC television series, without first obtaining authorization from the patients.” HHS said in the statement. “In particular, OCR found that NYP allowed the ABC crew to film someone who was dying and another person in significant distress, even after a medical professional urged the crew to stop.”
“This case sends an important message that OCR will not permit covered entities to compromise their patients’ privacy by allowing news or television crews to film the patients without their authorization,” Jocelyn Samuels, OCR’s Director, said in the statement. “We take seriously all complaints filed by individuals, and will seek the necessary remedies to ensure that patients’ privacy is fully protected.”