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Stanford Sued, Three Hospitals Suffer Breaches

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

October 4, 2011

A law firm has filed a class-action suit against a hospital and its collections service following a data breach. Keller Grover has been investigating since Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Multi-Specialty Collection Services announced in September that 20,000 patients' records had been breached. The exposed information--posted on a public website for a year before being removed--included patient names, diagnostic codes and billing amounts. Stanford Hospital and Clinics said in a statement that it "intends to vigorously defend the lawsuit." Meanwhile, the personal information--including Social Security numbers--of 500 First Priority life insurance policyholders has been reported stolen, and a Florida hospital has admitted to breaches involving 2,000 emergency room patients.  
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