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ST. JOSEPH’S/CANDLER HEALTH SYSTEM DATA BREACH CLASS ACTION INVESTIGATION

by | Aug 18, 2021 | Class Action, Firm News

Markovits, Stock & DeMarco, a law firm experienced in data breach cases, is investigating claims on behalf of victims of a data breach involving data entrusted to St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, Inc., including sensitive personal information and personal health information such as Social Security numbers.

 

WHAT HAPPENED?

Recently, to St. Joseph’s/Candler reported that it was involved in a data breach stemming from unauthorized access to its network. “The ransomware attack was detected on June 17, but further investigations revealed that the unauthorized party gained access to the hospital system’s IT network between Dec. 18, 2020, and June 17, 2021, according to a letter sent to patients last week.”[1] Despite the unauthorized access beginning to occur in December 2020, St. Joseph’s/Candler didn’t become aware of the Data Breach until June 2021.

 

WHAT INFORMATION WAS EXPOSED IN THE DATA BREACH?

St. Joseph’s/Candler data breach potentially exposed,

  • name in combination with address,
  • date of birth,
  • Social Security number,
  • driver’s license number,
  • billing account number,
  • financial information,
  • health insurance plan member ID, medical record number,
  • dates of service,
  • provider names, and,
  • medical and clinical treatment information regarding care you received from SJ/C.[2]

According to St. Joseph’s/Candler’s reporting to HHS, roughly 1,400,000 individuals were impacted by the Data Breach.[3]

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I RECEIVED NOTIFICATION OF THE ST. JOSEPH’S/CANDLER HEALTH SYSTEM DATA BREACH?

If you would like to have a free, confidential consultation with an attorney to learn more about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to the St. Joseph’s/Candler data breach, please contact Markovits, Stock & DeMarco attorney Terry Coates at (513) 651-3700, email us at [email protected], or submit a Case Evaluation request through the form below.

[1] https://www.savannahnow.com/story/news/2021/08/18/st-josephs-candler-hospital-cyberattack-investigation-ongoing-patients-experian-security-savannah-ga/8159487002/

[2] Id.

[3] https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/breach/breach_report.jsf