The Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported on a data breach at Women’s Health Care Group also known as Axia Woman’s Health, which was the third-largest data breach reported this year. Women’s Health Care Group inexplicably took more than two months to notify patients of the breach, despite Pennsylvania law requiring that patients receive notification of any breach of data or personal information without reasonable delay. Some reports show that over 300,000 records were breached.
The problem with data breaches such as this is that the effects are not immediately felt. The hackers could sell your personal information, such as your social security number, address or health information without you knowing. If a fraudulent credit card or other account is set up with your information, you may not know until it is too late.
The best mechanism for dealing with data breaches has been class actions. A recent class action involving a data breach by Anthem, Inc. settled for $115 million. Target recently agreed to pay $18.5 million to settle a data breach class action.
If you or someone you know was a patient of Women’s Health Care Group or Axia Women’s Health, contact Klaproth Law for a free, confidential consultation.