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Texas Children’s Hospital Whistleblower Doctor Indicted on Four Counts of Criminal HIPAA Violations

Summary of article from The HIPAA Journal, by Steve Adler:

Dr. Eithan Haim, a surgeon from Texas Children’s Hospital, has been indicted on four counts of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by the Department of Justice. Dr. Haim allegedly leaked documents proving the hospital continued to provide gender-affirming care to minors, despite public claims to the contrary, following legal threats from Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The leaked documents, shared with reporter Christopher F. Rulo, indicated that treatments, including hormone-related therapies and implanted puberty blockers, were provided throughout 2022 and 2023. Dr. Haim, who admitted to being the whistleblower, is now facing prosecution, though he maintains that all sensitive patient information was redacted from the documents. This case follows a new law passed by the Texas Legislature banning gender-affirming interventions, which Texas Children’s Hospital has since complied with.