Saturday, January 21, 2012

Attorney General Files Suit Over Patient Privacy Breach

Accretive Health is being sued by the Minnesota Attorney General, Lori Swanson, over a patient privacy breach that occured last summer.

The lawsuit alleges that the healthcare data breach affecting 23,500 patients at two Minnesota hospital systems violates federal and state patient privacy and informed-consent laws.
"Why should anyone other than a doctor have such basic and personal and intrusive information about a patient?" - Lori Swanson, Minnesota Attorney General
The lawsuit requests the court force Accretive Health to reveal what information it posesses, how it has been used and where it has been sent. Accretive Health spokesperson stated that the company has enhanced its security and promises to cooperate with the office of the Attorney General.
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Sources:
(a) Minnesota sues consulting firm over lost health data - Star Tribune, 1/19/2012

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