Officials tighten patient privacy at Arizona State Hospital

March 9, 2018 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — State health officials are instituting changes to a committee at the Arizona State Hospital to better protect patients’ privacy.

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced Friday that the Phoenix facility’s human rights committee would no longer have access to patients’ records.

Committee members can also no longer simultaneously serve as advocates for patients, including ones who plead guilty except insane to violent crimes.

The changes come after a legal review found that some committee members repeatedly violated privacy laws.

According to the review, some members became personally involved in a patient’s case and shared protected health information with others.

Under state and federal law, a patient’s health information cannot be disclosed except under extraordinary circumstances.