Rochester, Minn. – A former Mayo Clinic doctor already facing two class-action lawsuits is scheduled to make his first appearance in Olmsted County District Court next month on a criminal charge.
Ahmad Maher Abdel-Munim Alsughayer, 28, of Saginaw, Mich., is charged in Olmsted County District Court with gross misdemeanor unauthorized computer access.
He is scheduled to make his first appearance on July 8.
The criminal complaint, which was filed in April, stems from allegations that Alsughayer accessed protected patient information without a need to complete his role as a doctor and hospital employee.
Specifically, a woman contacted Rochester police in December 2020 after receiving a letter from Mayo Clinic that her medical records had been accessed inappropriately by a hospital employee.
“A breast cancer patient and two dermatology patients accuse Alsughayer of unauthorized access of their medical records, including nude images.”
Through the letter, the woman learned that images included in her medical records that were taken on three separate occasions were also accessed.
“After receiving the letter, (the woman) stated she requested to view her own medical records and noticed the dates specified in the letter included nude images of herself,” the criminal complaint reads.
“(The woman) was upset because this incident appeared as though the hospital employee had accessed her medical records with the sole purpose of viewing her nude images.” Click here to read more.
It gets worse …
In addition to this criminal charge, Alsughayer has been named as a co-defendant in two civil lawsuits against Mayo Clinic. A breast cancer patient and two dermatology patients accuse Alsughayer of unauthorized access of their medical records, including nude images, and that Mayo Clinic could have prevented that access but failed to do so.
A trial for a lawsuit filed in October 2020 is scheduled to start on August 22. No trial date has been set for the lawsuit, which was filed in May. Source: kimt.com