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Shields Health Care Group Data Breach Class Action Investigation

by | Jun 7, 2022 | 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 Shields Health Care Group.

Shields Health Care Group is a Massachusetts-based company that provides ambulatory surgical center management and medical imaging services throughout New England. If you received a notice of data breach letter from Shields Health Care Group, please contact us as soon as possible to understand your legal rights in response to the data breach.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Shields Health Care Group detected suspicious activity within its network on March 28, 2022.[1] The investigation that followed determined that an unauthorized actor had access to certain Shields Health Care Group systems between March 7, 2022, to March 21, 2022.[2] Shields Health Care Group has since confirmed that during that period of access, certain data was removed from its systems.[3]

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IMPACTED BY THE DATA BREACH?

Shields Health Care Group did not report the data breach to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services until May 27, 2022.[4] In total, the data of approximately 2,000,000 individuals was compromised in the breach.[5]

WHAT INFORMATION WAS EXPOSED IN THE DATA BREACH?

Shields Health Care Group has disclosed the following information was included in the data breach:

  • full names,
  • addresses,
  • dates of birth,
  • Social Security numbers,
  • provider information,
  • billing information,
  • insurance numbers and information,
  • medical record numbers,
  • patient IDs,
  • treatment information, and
  • diagnosis information.[6]

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I RECEIVED NOTIFICATION OF THE SHIELDS HEALTH CARE GROUP 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 responding to the Shields Health Care Group 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.hipaajournal.com/2-million-patients-affected-by-shields-health-care-group-cyberattack/

[2] Id.

[3] Id.

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

[5] Id.

[6] Id.