Radiology Specialists Facing Class Action Lawsuit Over PACS Data Breach

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

A class action lawsuit has been filed in the New York Southern District Court against a radiology company and its vendor. The radiology specialists are alleged to have failed to secure their Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) which contained the protected health information and medical images of patients.

In 2019, security researchers identified vulnerabilities in the PACS used by hospitals, clinics, and radiology companies to share medical images and data. The researchers analyzed more than 2,300 medical images, which were found to contain sensitive patient data. Northeast Radiology and its vendor Alliance Health were among the companies affected and were notified about the exposed data by the researchers in December 2019.

Both radiology firms used...

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