This is on appeal but still hard to understand.
Here’s the unbelievable part: the judge threw the case out, ruling that the patient list was not covered under the Michigan Uniform Trade Secrets Act. The judge was in effect saying that a doctor’s patient list is not protected information. (In a similar Pennsylvania case, the patient list was found to be a trade secret, but that’s of little help to Dr. Michigan.) So Dr. Michigan now finds himself working two jobs just to pay his legal bills.
The high tech connection is this: The fact the records were taken is a slam dunk reportable HIPAA data breach. Read the whole thing.