Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hospital Faces Class Action Suit for Privacy Breach

A data privacy breach in August has a Tennessee based hospital chain facing a class action suit in New Mexico and six other states. "As a result of the defendants' failure to implement and follow basic security procedures, plaintiff's sensitive information is now in the hands of thieves,” according to the suit.

Usually plantiffs have to prove direct harm as the result of a data breach but hospitals might be concerned about a the precedent set by a class action suit last year against a healthcare plan.

"The problem is that personal information doesn't change. The repercussions of this event could be felt for years."
- Paula Knippa, Slack & Davis, plantiffs' attorney
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Sources:
(a) Community Health Systems faces data-breach class action - www.ModernHealthcare.com, 10/13/2014

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