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A Pair of Hospitals Facing Lawsuits for Breaches

April 22, 2013
by Gabriel Perna
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Two providers, Florida Hospital, part of the Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System, and Glen Falls Hospital, a 410-bed not-for-profit community hospital, are facing separate lawsuits for breaching their patients’ data.

Florida Hospital’s data breach has been well documented. A 35-year-old man, Dale Munroe, allegedly working in concert with two others, including his wife, plead guilty for accessing more than 760,000 patient records from 2009-11, and selling them to the agent of a medical center, chiropractic clinics, and an injury hotline.

The hospital is now being sued by Richard Faircloth, who is arguing that the hospital “didn’t provide the security measures patients expected.” According to the lawyer representing the plaintiffs, Ben Thomassen, who was interviewed by Orlando Business Journal, the patients “deserve to get that money back,” and should be paid for something they didn’t receive.

Meanwhile, in Glen Falls, N.Y., Glen Falls Hospital is being sued for releasing the names and medical records of 2,360 patients, according to TimesUnion.com. The records, which included transcribed medical notes, became available on an unsecured computer server through a third-party vendor, Portal Healthcare Solutions. 

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