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Class action filed after HHS warns 130 hospitals, health systems left millions' PHI exposed

Becker's Health IT

Hannah Mitchell

Two patients filed a class action against two radiology companies after more than 1 million patients who received care at hospitals nationwide may have been exposed because of vulnerabilities in medical imaging archiving software.

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In mid-2019, cybersecurity researchers analyzed 2,300 medical images hosted by picture archiving communications systems, which hospitals use to share medical images and data, according to court documents.

The researchers discovered flaws in Northeast Radiology and Alliance HealthCare's service that allegedly permitted unauthorized access to more than 1.2 million patients' protected health information. The PHI that was exposed allegedly includes 61 million X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, medical test results, patient names, Social Security numbers and more.

The researchers...

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