More than 1,500 women in Missouri got affected by data breach when their protected health information (PHI) was compromised after their personal records blew out of a dumpster on a windy day. According to the reports, Midwest Women’s Healthcare Specialists have decided to settle the case by paying amount of $400,000 to compensate the patients for the PHI exposure. All the affected patients will get the share from the victim’s fund.
“Both sides worked very hard to get this resolved quickly, and to seek justice for all of those involved,” plaintiff attorney Maureen Brady told the news source.
The affected records include patients’ names, Social Security numbers, addresses, procedures and tests performed. Papers were scattered up to several blocks away by the wind.
“At Midwest Women’s Healthcare we take patient privacy very seriously,” a spokesperson said in an email to the news station back in May. “We continue to thoroughly investigate this issue and will take appropriate action based on our findings. Midwest Women’s Healthcare is in the process of determining which patients may have been affected and intends to notify them as soon as possible.”
After the judge’s approval, the letters will be sent to patients explaining process to receive funds. The decision and status to implicate Midwest Women’s Healthcare for HIPAA violations by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is not known. Civil penalties from HIPAA violations, added to any compensation sought by potential victims could add up to amounts.
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