Breaking News Bar
updated: 10/10/2013 1:50 PM

Advocate Medical Group sued over stolen patient records

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
Daily Herald report

A Chicago law firm filed a class-action lawsuit in Cook County against the Downers Grove-based Advocate Medical Group claiming the company did not do enough to protect patient privacy following the theft of four computers containing personal data for more than 4 million patients.

The computers contained patient names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers and some clinical information, but not medical records, Advocate officials said.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

The computers were stolen from the company's Park Ridge administrative offices on July 15.

The 4.03 million patients affected include individuals who visited any of the 1,000 Advocate Medical Group doctors working at more than 200 locations throughout Illinois. The physician-led medical group is part of Advocate Health Care, the largest health system in Illinois.

Attorneys for Clifford Law Offices claim the medical group, by maintaining private information on unsecure, non-encrypted computers, failed to take proper precautions to protect private, patient data.

In a statement issued last month, Advocate officials acknowledged the computers were unencrypted but said they were password protected.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.