Patients who booked an appointment through or accessed the patient portal of any of the hospital websites listed below.
What’s Going On?
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether the websites of certain hospitals are illegally sharing patients’ private information with Facebook and, if so, whether class action lawsuits could be filed as a result.
How Could a Class Action Help?
Potentially, class action lawsuits could provide patients with compensation for violations of their privacy rights. A successful case could also force hospitals found to be in violation of the law to make certain changes to their websites to prevent patient information from being illegally shared.
What Information Could Be Getting Shared?
Patient names, appointment information, details on medical conditions, prescription information and more.
What You Can Do
If you used one of the websites listed below to make an appointment or access the patient portal, help this investigation by filling out the form on this page. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org need to hear from as many individuals as possible as part of their investigation.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org would like to speak to patients of certain U.S. hospitals as part of an ongoing privacy investigation.
Specifically, they want to hear from those who booked an appointment through or accessed the patient portal of any of the following hospitals’ websites.
If you used one of the websites listed above to make an appointment or access your account, it’s possible that some of your medical information may have been illegally shared with Facebook.
Learn more about what you can do and why you may be owed compensation by filling out the form on this page.
How Could My Information Be Getting Shared?
It’s being investigated whether the hospitals listed above have embedded Facebook’s tracking pixel on their websites and allowed sensitive medical data to be sent to the social media giant.
Indeed, non-profit newsroom The Markup reported on June 16, 2022 that 33 of the country’s top 100 hospitals had the pixel sending patient data to Facebook when an appointment was made online. According to the report, seven health systems also had the tracking code installed in their online patient portals.
It’s possible that the practice of sharing patient data is even more widespread and could be considered a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Under the HIPAA, hospitals and other healthcare providers cannot disclose protected health information without the patient’s consent or knowledge.
What Information Could Be Getting Sent to Facebook?
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether information as sensitive as the following is being sent to Facebook:
Details of medical conditions
Appointment information, including the patient’s name, the time and date of the appointment, the doctor’s name, the doctor’s field of medicine and the search terms used to book the appointment
Other personal data, such as sexual orientation
The Markup found instances in which each of the above data points were sent to Facebook along with users’ IP addresses, which can be used to identify an individual or household.
How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
If filed and successful, class action lawsuits could provide patients with compensation for any violation of their privacy rights. It could also force any hospital found to be illegally sharing patient information to change the way their website operates.
If you used any of the websites listed above to book an appointment or access the patient portal, fill out the form on this page today to get in touch. You may be able to help get a class action lawsuit started.