A California appeals court has ruled in part that Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage is not liable under state law for a huge data breach of protected health information because actual medical information was not compromised. The case returns to a lower court for further consideration.

A computer stolen from EMC in March 2011 contained an index of more than 500,000 patients dating back to the 1980s. Index information included name, age, date of birth, medical record number and last four digits of the Social Security number. A class action lawsuit against the hospital sought $1,000 for each affected individual.

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