Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Sues Former Pathology Group

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has sued its former pathology group as well as the two doctors in charge of that group Drs. Cheryl Moore and Glenn Littell. The doctors own Young & Novis Professional Association, which does business as Piscataqua Pathology Associates and is a named defendant in the suit.
The lawsuit arose out of allegations that the doctors had scrubbed computer files owned by the hospital as they were departing the hospital. The suit claims the doctors’ actions are in clear violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act which makes it illegal to access computer information without authorization or to access a computer with authorization but to alter the information within the computer system.
According to the lawsuit, “Analysis by WDH revealed substantial amounts of information was deleted from the computer network including, but not limited to, specimen/slide photos; autopsy images; charts with patient specific information; College of American Pathologist Reviews; Quality Assurance information; documents, templates, forms and folders utilized by employees of the pathology department to process specimens; individual employee subfolders; and records related to complaints against Dr. Moore and Dr. Littell.”
This is not the first imbroglio involving WDH and Doctors Moore and Littell. In 2006, the doctors were involved in a dispute concerning patient privacy issues.