June 13, 1996
Filed under Health Privacy
On June 13, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 7-2 decision that notes of conversations taken during sessions between a patient and a social worker/therapist are protected from compelled disclosure in court. In Jaffee v. Redmond, the Court recognized that preserving the privilege of confidentiality in the relationship between a therapists and patients is critical to developing trust and thus ensuring successful treatment. Given the recent trend toward computerization of medical information, including medical health records, CDT hails the Jaffee decision as a great step in protecting the privacy of those records.