A sleep medicine doctor in Kentucky was fired and had his license suspended for accessing the records of female patients he wanted to romantically engage with, board documents show.
Ultimately, MD Quang Nguyen’s license was placed on probation for 5 years after his activities were detected by artificial intelligence software used by his employer, Deaconess Health System, which operates in a tri-state area of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. .
That software, called Protenus, detected Nguyen’s alleged improper access to medical records nine times between July 15 and July 28, according to board documents. One of the reports indicated he accessed mental health records, the documents said.
Hospital officials met with Nguyen the day the activity was discovered, and he allegedly admitted to accessing the records at the time.
Joanna Phillips Wood, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Deaconess Health System, filed a related complaint with the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensing on August 18.
Nguyen responded to that complaint through his attorney in September, admitting that he had accessed the patient’s medical records three times after “ending the dating relationship,” according to board documents. However, he disputed all nine counts of wrongful access.
According to board documents, Nguyen “admitted that in all cases involving women he was potentially interested in meeting through online dating apps, but no contact or relationship occurred.”
Pam Hyatt, a spokeswoman for Deaconess Health System, confirmed Courier and press that Nguyen no longer works for the health system.
Hight said Courier and press that Deaconess “has recently invested in technologically advanced artificial intelligence software that reviews the millions of transactions that occur each week to better detect improper access, allowing us to take action.”
This is the second time this year that a deaconess doctor has been accused of improperly accessing patient records, according to Courier and press.
Earlier this year, at least six women received letters of apology from Deaconess after the doctor accessed their medical records without a medical reason.
A lawyer representing the women said Courier and press that they all said the doctor started talking to them in bars in Evansville, Indiana, asking for their names and other personal information. One of the women said the doctor even showed up at her workplace in a suit with a note he wrote to her, the lawyer said.
This doctor, according to Courier and presswas also dismissed from her job as a deaconess.