Recently, a healthcare class action lawsuit was filed against Einstein Healthcare. The lead plaintiff in the healthcare lawsuit is patient Nanette Katz. In August of 2020, Einstein was the victim of a phishing attack that led to numerous employee email accounts being accessed by someone without authorization. 

The 51-page complaint alleges Einstein Healthcare failed to secure and safeguard the protected health information (PHI) of patients, and failed to implement basic security procedures. As a result, the plaintiffs allege, their PHI has been accessed by cyberthieves, who may use the information to commit identity theft. More details about this healthcare class action lawsuit are discussed below.

Einstein Healthcare Class Action Lawsuit: The Facts

Einstein Healthcare Class Action Lawsuit

Einstein Healthcare is a non-profit health system that operates four hospitals – Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Elkins Park Hospital, MossRehab in Elkins Park, and Einstein Medical Center Montgomery –   and multiple outpatient and primary care clinics throughout the greater Philadelphia area.

In August 2020, Einstein suffered a phishing attack that led to unauthorized access to its employee email accounts. The unauthorized medical breach lasted from August 5, 2020 to August 17, 2020, and exposed the PHI of approximately 350,000 patients. 

The exposed information includes names, dates of birth, account/medical record numbers, diagnosis and treatment information, Social Security numbers, and health insurance information.

On October 9, 2020, Einstein reported the incident to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). That same day, Einstein began to notify affected patients of the breach by mail. As Einstein conducted additional investigations, it sent further notifications to patients in January and February of 2021.

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