Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether a class action lawsuit can be filed in light of the data breach affecting Northwell Health.
As part of their investigation, they need to hear from individuals who received a notice stating they were impacted.
It has been reported that an unauthorized party successfully breached the network of Perry Johnson & Associates, Inc. (PJ&A), a vendor that provides medical transcription services to Northwell Health, between March 27, 2023, and May 2, 2023. The breach resulted in the acquisition of certain files from PJ&A systems. A subsequent investigation revealed that the compromised files contained personal health information of Northwell Health patients, including details such as names, dates of birth, addresses, medical record numbers, hospital account numbers, admission diagnoses, and dates and times of service. For some individuals, the accessed data may have also included Social Security numbers, insurance information, and clinical details from medical transcription files, such as laboratory and diagnostic test results, medications, treatment facility names, and healthcare providers' names.
Starting from September 29, 2023, PJ&A has been collaborating with affected customers, including Northwell Health, to disclose the investigation findings and commence the notification process for individuals whose information was compromised.
Northwell Health, New York's largest healthcare provider, initially released a draft statement disclosing that 3,891,565 people were impacted by the breach but later recalled the statement and said it was unable to confirm an exact number.
If your information was exposed in the breach, attorneys want to hear from you. You may be able to start a class action lawsuit to recover compensation for loss of privacy, time spent dealing with the breach, out-of-pocket costs, and more.
A successful case could also force Northwell Health to ensure it takes proper steps to protect the information it was entrusted with.