Lipetsk officials disclose patients’ diagnoses on public procurement website
The regional health directorate and the prosecutor's office launched a probe after reports on publication of personal data.
Employees of the health directorate of the Lipetsk Region indicated personal data of patients who need to be transferred to treatment outside the region on the website of public procurement. The documents indicate not only the full names of the patients, but also their diagnoses, home addresses and so on. The Patient Control movement drew attention to the fact of personal data leak.
“In 2019 the Health Directorate of the Lipetsk Region announces several auctions for “Provision of medical services in urgent form.” The documentation in the extract from the commission’s protocol contains the full information about patients: full name, home address, diagnosis, ICD code, profile, etc.,” a participant of the movement wrote on Facebook.
The movement managed to find in total eight tenders with disclosed personal data. The regional prosecutor's office and the health care directorate launched a probe, TASS reports.
Under the Russian legislation, a patient’s diagnosis is a medical secret and can be disclosed only after his consent.
The Prosecutor General's Office had earlier accused the Moscow region’s ex-official of exceeding official authority, taking a bribe on an especially large scale, and forgery, and demanded to seize assets worth of 9 billion rubles ($135 million) from him.