Emory Healthcare Faces Class-Action Suit Over Data Breach

Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare is facing a class-action lawsuit over a data breach that occurred in April, when the system lost 10 discs containing personal information for roughly 315,000 patients, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.

The recently-filed class-action suit could cost the system more than $200 million, as it seeks $1,000 for each person affected. At least 200,000 patients are expected to become members of the class, and the suit also wants Emory to pay for identity theft and credit insurance for each member for at least three years.

The data loss affected patients treated at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown and the Emory Clinic Ambulatory Surgery Center between 1990 and 2007. Roughly 228,000 of the lost records contained Social Security numbers, according to the report.

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