Series of lawsuits against Good Samaritan

December 7th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

Troy, NY-based Good Samaritan Hospital breach has various pending lawsuits from seven parties which include four current or former correction officers, a jail employee, the family of a correction officer on behalf of a minor child, and a private individual who sued the county.

“Rensselaer County has paid $25,000 in a court award and set aside $90,000 for expected legal fees in a flurry of lawsuits brought by jail officers and others whose medical information was viewed for years by employees using a computer in the jail nurses’ office,” the article stated.

Good Samaritan has earlier notified 23 people about data breach which resulted from stolen data from Rensselaer County Jail’s nurse’s station. The recent example involved inappropriate access to girl’s record. Case was resolved by parents agreeing for $25,000 settlement. Incident involved next door neighbor who is Rensselaer County Jail officer reportedly gaining access to the girl’s data.

To safeguard information companies should follow below steps:

  • Keep all HIPAA safeguards up-to-date
  • Training employees for importance of securing the data
  • Staff members must understand what type of medical access is appropriate
  • Proper HIPAA technical safeguards can monitor when employees log in, and whether that access is necessary

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The technology and policies meant to protect electronic health information is safe. There used to be two divisions for this safeguard called “technical security and mechanisms” and “technical security services.” Covered entities are not forced to choose a specific type of technical safeguard as long as what they choose permits them to remain HIPAA certified and compliant.

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