Court: Yes, there is doctor-patient confidentiality
By Dave Collins | APJanuary 11
HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s highest court ruled Thursday on an issue that most people may think is already settled, saying doctors have a duty to keep patients’ medical records confidential and can be sued if they don’t.The Supreme Court’s 6-0 decision overturned the ruling of a lower court judge who said Connecticut had yet to recognize doctor-patient confidentiality.The high court’s ruling reinstated a lawsuit by former New Canaan resident Emily Byrne against the Avery Center for Obstetrics & Gynecology in Westport.“It’s particularly important for not only my client but for all patients receiving medical care in Connecticut,” Byrne’s lawyer, Bruce Elstein, said. “This case has established for the first time that there’s a duty of confidentiality. … That’s groundbreaking.