Former Attorney General Eric Holder’s wife has been accused of breaching HIPAA-protected health information held by her former women’s health practice according to reports.
Dr. Sharon D. Malone retained the regulated information of patients who received care from Washington D.C.-based Foxhall OB/GYN Associates after her departure from the organization.
She left Foxhall at the end of 2020, according to a June 24 letter sent to a patient.
Malone then handed the protected patient information over to her new for-profit health startup, Alloy.
Alloy then used the HIPAA information to send unsolicited emails to Foxhall patients.
Foxhall sent a letter to a patient who complained that said:
“We at Foxhall were not aware that Dr. Malone had retained the list, that she had turned over the list to Alloy, or that Alloy had sent emails to some of the patients on the list until we received complaints from patients.
“Under no circumstances would Foxhall have agreed to or permitted Dr. Malone to retain the list, turn it over to any third party (including Alloy), or allow emails to be sent to patients by Alloy.”
The letter also advised those affected by the HIPAA breach to check their credit reports “out of an abundance of caution.”
“If you are particularly concerned, you can request that the credit bureaus put a credit fraud alert on your credit report,” the letter said.
However, the story then takes an absurd twist.
Six days after Foxhall sent the letter about the beach, Malone told her Twitter followers that women needed to protect their medical information following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“Big brother is watching you,” Malone said.
“Don’t give away your personal menstrual information.
“The pregnancy police may be watching.”
Early this week Malone made a cryptic comment on social media:
“Haters gonna hate. It’s what they do. Why am I surprised?”
Big brother is watching you. Don’t give away your personal menstrual information. The pregnancy police may be watching. https://t.co/EYvEkssBad
— Dr. Sharon Malone, M.D., FACOG, NCMP (@smalonemd) June 30, 2022
Haters gonna hate. It’s what they do. Why am I surprised?
— Dr. Sharon Malone, M.D., FACOG, NCMP (@smalonemd) July 12, 2022