Patients are suing Scripps Health after hackers stole medical data during a May 1 ransomware attack, reports Fierce Healthcare.
Now, the five-hospital health system is facing several class-action lawsuits from patients who charge that system leaders failed to keep their medical data safe from hackers.
San Diego-based Scripps Health was besieged by a cyberattack that forced the health system to take a portion of its IT system offline for several weeks, which significantly disrupted care and forced medical personnel to use paper records.
But the cybercriminals didn’t just disrupt operations; the hackers also stole data on close to 150,000 patients, the health system said earlier this month. The lawsuit claims Scripps Health maintained inadequate security measures for detecting and addressing the cyberattack, especially given knowledge of a heightened threat.
Read more at Fierce Healthcare.