Cincinnati, Ohio Class Action Security Breach Lawyer reviewing Healthcare data breach lawsuits for plaintiffs nationwide.
In a privacy concern affecting nearly everyone in the nation, the total cost of data breaches at healthcare organizations is projected to reach $4 billion by the end of 2019. Over 90 percent of healthcare organizations have reported a data breach in the last three years, and over half of those had more than five breaches in the same period.
Information technology (IT) professionals at healthcare provider organizations believe data hackers are outpacing defensive efforts by hospitals and healthcare companies to protect sensitive data. The majority of healthcare data breaches involve demographic or financial information that can easily lead to identity theft and other privacy concerns.
When a healthcare company is hacked, the perpetrators gain access to private information and financial data that can leave patients vulnerable to privacy and financial security, and identity theft. Medical data theft may be secondary to the financial information that may be leaked.
Hospitals routinely keep patients’ social security numbers, credit card numbers and personal data like names, birthdays and other info that can used to steal an identity. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reported thousands of breaches between 2009 and 2019.
The HHS has reported hacks of 1,461 healthcare organizations, affecting up to 150 million patients. Around 35 percent of the breach efforts left personal financial information vulnerable, and 49 million patients had their financial information compromised, including credit card and bank account numbers.
Consumers and patients have a right to privacy, and when healthcare organizations fail to protect them after they compile personal data, legal action may be necessary. Plaintiffs can contact class action security breach attorneys to seek compensation for the failure of corporations to protect consumers.
As hacks become more and more common, companies have a duty to design better data storage systems and to put more resources into protecting consumers’ information. Still, many IT experts debate what the best way is to keep data safe. Regardless of the costs, companies must be held accountable and should invest in more tools to protect against hacking.
In August 2019 alone, more than 700,000 consumers had data and personally information exposed in healthcare breaches reported to the federal government. There were 44 data breaches reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency that maintains the government’s database of healthcare breaches. The largest breaches, according to data from the HHS, included:
If you have been a victim or a healthcare data or security breach, and have questions about the legal remedies available, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, an Ohio security breach lawyer, and he will answer critical questions regarding healthcare security breach lawsuits.