Moultrie doctor files complaint against Phoebe Putney over privacy rights
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Moultrie doctor files a complaint against Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital claiming they violated the privacy rights of an Albany woman who was wrongly charged with murder.
Dr. Clyde Lamon filed this complaint on behalf of Kenlissia Jones against Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital today. He believes Jones privacy rights were violated when police were contacted by hospital officials.
After several days of news coverage about Kenlissia Jones, Dr. Clyde Lamon of Moultrie Internal Medicine filed this complaint with the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services on Jones's behalf.
"I couldn't find her phone number or anything like that before filing the complaint. I just filed it on her behalf," said Dr. Clyde Lamon.
Jones was five months pregnant. Albany Police charged her with murder Saturday after determining she took an abortion pill that killed her fetus. Yesterday, that charge was dropped. An Albany police report indicates that Yolanda Fields, a Phoebe Putney Social Worker contacted DFCS who then called police. A move that Lamon says is a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
"As a doctor I know that people that are working in the hospitals are educated about HIPAA violations and privacy," said Dr. Clyde Lamon.
He said the law is designed to protect the patient.
"The law is designed so that people do not fail to seek medical attention for fear of being prosecuted," said Dr. Clyde Lamon.
District attorney Greg Edwards was not consulted before the murder charge was filed and dismissed it. Lamon has been practicing medicine for 35 years and said he felt the need to file the complaint on Jones' behalf.
"Because I felt like number one she may have no knowledge of HIPAA and that she was being violated," said Dr. Clyde Lamon.
Lamon said he hopes Jones gets the message that he filed on her behalf and is sending another message to hospitals.
" I just want to make sure that patient's rights are protected," said Dr. Clyde Lamon.
WALB News 10 has reached out to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital officials for comment. They have yet to respond.
If or when they do we will add their response.
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