Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Medical Data Breach Class-action Suit

A class-action suit has been filed against Los Angeles county and its contractor over the theft of medical data on 165,000 patients. The data may have included patients' names, Social Security numbers, medical and billing information, birth dates, addresses and diagnoses.

The data was stolen from a company hired by Los Angeles county to handle billing and collections. The suit alleges the company and the county did not notify affected patients in a timely fashion and that more stringent protection of private data is required.

"The suit is asking the court to order the county to require more stringent procedures to protect private and confidential data in future contracts."
- The LA Times
Class-action suits are increasingly being filed by patients in response to breaches of their privacy thus data protection strategies by organizations holding PHI (protected health information) require careful consideration. Protection against breaches of medical data by insiders can be detected proactively with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Class-action lawsuit filed over breach of patient medical data - www.LAtimes.com, 03/14/2014

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