Anesthesiology Services Firm Faces 5 Class Action Lawsuits

November 17, 2022 CynergisTek, Inc.

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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CynergisTek is a top-ranked cybersecurity consulting firm dedicated to serving the information assurance needs of healthcare. CynergisTek offers specialized services and solutions to help organizations achieve privacy, security, and compliance goals. The company has been recognized by KLAS in the 2016 and 2018 Cybersecurity reports as a top performing firm in healthcare cybersecurity, as well as the 2017 Best in KLAS winner for Cybersecurity Advisory Services.

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