AL: DCH Health System patients file federal suit over ransomware attack
Howard Koplowitz reports:
Four patients of the DCH Health System filed a federal class-action lawsuit Monday alleging that the three west Alabama Hospitals violated health information privacy laws and disrupted their medical care when the system was hit with a ransomware attack in October.
The four patients accuse the health system of negligence, invasion of privacy, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty stemming from the Oct. 1 attack that shut down the three-hospital system to non-critical patients for 10 days.
Read more on AL.com. The named plaintiff patients really do sound like their care was negatively impacted, although I’m not sure blaming the hospital is fair. But this case is a good example of why those who attack healthcare entities need to be caught and sent to prison for a good long time.