Exeter Hospital Seeks Judicial Remedy

Exeter Hospital has filed an action seeking judicial guidance in Merrimack County New Hampshire Superior Court for both the DPHS and Exeter Hospital. The hospital says the state is seeking very broad access to a large number of patients’ medical records. Direct access to the full records may expose highly sensitive medical information that state law requires the hospital to safeguard as confidential including information as substance abuse and treatment, sexual assault and sexually transmitted diseases, and psychiatric treatment. Exeter Hospital says it may be broader then the state actually needs for its investigation.
The hospital hopes for an expedited hearing and ruling and continues to work with the DPHS on other aspects the investigation, including for Exeter Hospital to support significantly reduced voluntary hepatitis C testing for a very limited number of hospital employees and medical staff members.Exeter Hospital intends to comply with the court’s decision once it has ruled.

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