At Least 24 Medical Practices, 450,000 Patients Affected By Breach So Far
Proposed class action lawsuits are stacking up against a New York anesthesiology administrative services firm for its July hacking incident that affected about 450,000 patients nationwide.
At least five complaints filed in the U.S. District for Southern New York allege that Somnia Inc. was negligent in failing to safeguard personally identifiable information and protected health information. The firm is a physician-owned anesthesia management services vendor that also appears to have corporate or leadership ties to at least some of the medical practices that reported breaches (see: Vendor Hack Tied to 20 Anesthesiology Practice Breaches).
The lawsuits allege the hacking incident has put affected individuals at risk for medical and identity theft and fraud. Plaintiffs' attorneys seek jury trials, damages and injunctive relief, including a court order for Westchester County-based Somnia to enhance its data security practices. Lead plaintiffs are patients who received breach notification letters from various anesthesiology practices whose data was compromised in the hacking incident.
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