Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Data Breach

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Now the local news is reporting a class action lawsuit brought on by patients families that were affected by the aforementioned breach.
 
According to the Kansas City Star:
 

Children’s Mercy previously said that emails sent to employees gave the appearance they were from a trusted source and often contained links to a phony login page on a fake website. That gave hackers access to the employee accounts if they entered their user names and passwords.

The compromised data may have included patient names and information, medical record numbers, dates of hospital stays and procedures, diagnoses and conditions and other clinical information, according to a letter sent from Children's Mercy to those affected.

Obviously the security of patient protected data is a hugely important part of the digital patient record.  Everyone in practiceneeds to be as security conscious as possible.  Private practitioners are held to the same high standard as hospitals so it behooves those of us in small offices to be as vigilant as possible about security practices.  

One of the companies I’d recommend to my peers in dentistry is DDS Rescue.  The company, which I discussed in a recent article in DPR, is a cloud and local based backup and server replacement system.  One of the things they do for clients is a FREE security assessment.  Click on the link above and contact them.  You’ll be glad you did.

For the full story on the CMH lawsuit, you can follow this link to the story from the KC Star.  

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