A huge data breach at Sutter Health following the theft of a computer on Oct. 15 has resulted in the filing of a lawsuit seeking class action status for approximately 4.2 million patients.

On behalf of an affected patient, the Sacramento law firm of Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood LLP filed the suit on Nov. 21 in Sacramento Superior Court. The Sacramento Bee reports the suit seeks $1,000 per plaintiff plus attorney fees and other related costs.

The breach included such information as name, address, date of birth, phone number and e-mail address if provided for about 3.3 million patients. In addition to that information, dates of services and a description of diagnoses and services also was included for another 943,000 patients. Because Social Security numbers and financial information were not compromised, Sutter has not offered paid credit/fraud protection services to affected patients.

The lawsuit alleges Sutter violated state requirements to adequately protect the confidentiality of medical information and to notify affected persons within 30 days. For a copy of the lawsuit against Sutter Health, email joseph.goedert@sourcemedia.com.


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