Monday, December 5, 2011

Computer medical records stolen from Kaiser and from Sutter Health

After data theft, Sutter Health sued
By The Associated Press
Nov. 22, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A group of patients are suing Sutter Health after more than 4 million patient records were stolen.

The Sacramento Bee reports ( http://bit.ly/sKNKT3 ) the class-action lawsuit was filed Monday in Sacramento Superior Court.

The suit alleges the health care provider was negligent in keeping patients' electronic data safe, and in notifying the patients within 30 days of the theft.

A computer containing the data was stolen in October from the Sutter Medical Foundation's headquarters in Natomas. The computer held descriptions of diagnoses, names and addresses.

Plaintiffs' attorney Robert Buccola says the company should have taken far more measures to keep the data safe.

Sutter "deeply regrets the theft," said spokesman Bill Gleeson. He defended the time it took to reach patients, saying Sutter had to figure out what data were stolen.



Computer medical records stolen from Kaiser
By The Associated Press
Jan. 12, 2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente says a computer drive containing thousands of patient records was stolen from an employee's car.

Hospital officials said Tuesday the external drive stolen Dec. 1 held data on as many as 15,500 patients throughout Northern California, including the patient's name and Kaiser medical records number.

The records could have also included a patient's sex, birth date, phone number and other medical information.

All of the patients live in the Sacramento area, and Kaiser says they have notified those affected.

Hospital spokeswoman Kristin Chambers says the theft presents a "low risk to our patients."

[Maura Larkins' comment: That sounds just like what they tell people with conditions that are not properly diagnosed. Thousands of those people end up dead.]

The hospital has fired the employee, who was authorized to access the data as part of her work, and says it is unclear why she took the device home.

Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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