Court: Yes, there is doctor-patient confidentiality

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled on an issue that most people may think was already settled, saying doctors have a duty to keep patients’ medical records confidential and can be sued if they don’t.

The court’s 6-0 decision Thursday overturned a lower court judge who said Connecticut had yet to recognize a duty of confidentiality between doctors and their patients.

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The high court’s ruling reinstated a lawsuit by former New Canaan resident Emily Byrne against the Avery Center for Obstetrics & Gynecology in Westport.

Byrne, who now lives in Montpelier, Vermont, alleged the doctor’s office sent her medical file to a probate court without her permission — allowing the father of her child to look at it and use the information to harass, threaten and humiliate her.

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