Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sutter Health Hit With $1B Class-Action Lawsuit

Miaoulis Note: Hospitals better take extra care, like many profession, Attorney's are aware of this lawsuit and will be evaluating similar type cases.  Many questions can be asked, but my first question is why is this much data on a DESKTOP computer and not in the computer room. 

Conduct your risk analysis now, that starts with knowing where your data is located.  That is the key, identify data on Desktops, Laptops, Flash Drives, Home Computers, Business Associates, Servers, Cell Phones and within application systems and then create strategies to minimize the risks to this data.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) -- A class-action complaint was filed Monday in Sacramento Superior Court on behalf of Karen Pardieck and 944,000 other patients, KCRA 3 learned Tuesday.

A desktop computer was stolen from a Sutter Medical Foundation administrative office Oct. 15.

Stolen Sutter Computer Has Millions of Patients' Info

It contained a patient database with information including names, addresses, birthdays, email addresses, phone numbers and descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures.

The lawsuit cites a “failure to safeguard and secure patients’ private information” and “negligent storage practices” that led to an increased risk of a serious information breach.

Sutter has admitted the information lost was unencrypted.

Read more: http://www.kcra.com/news/29835846/detail.html#ixzz1f6i7o4GI

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