Potential class action targets Emory Healthcare over patient data breach

Emory Healthcare is the target of a potential class action suit seeking unspecified damages over the loss of 10 computer disks containing the personal and health information of hundreds of thousands of patients treated between 1999 and 2007.

The suit seeks money damages and financial record monitoring for a class it estimates as including as many 250,000 of the estimated 315,000 former patients affected by the data breach.

In April, Emory Healthcare President David Fox announced that 10 “backup” disks containing the information for every patient who had undergone surgery at Emory University Hospital, Emory Midtown and at the Emory Clinic Ambulatory Surgery Center had gone missing. In addition to patient information, he said at the time, about 228,000 patients’ Social Security numbers were also included in the data.

The suit was filed Monday on behalf of putative class representative Peter Bombardieri by Birmingham, Ala., attorneys Keith Jackson of Riley & Jackson and Rodney Miller of McCallum, Methvin & Terrell.

Read more about the lawsuit and the breach on ATLaw.

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