Connexin – Office Practicum Data Breach Investigation
The Lyon Firm is actively involved in class action personal privacy and data theft cases and is currently investigating Connexin Software data breach claims on behalf of plaintiffs nationwide.
Office Practicum has been sending out notice of a data security incident that occurred at Connexin Software, which may have affected the personal information of up to 2.2 million children. According to newer reports, at least 119 pediatric practices have been impacted.
Connexin provides electronic medical records and practice management software, billing services, and business analytic tools to pediatric physicians.
On September 13, 2022, the company learned that an unauthorized party accessed an offline set of patient data and was removed by the unauthorized party.
What information may have been involved?
- Parent/guardian name
- Email address
- Date of birth
- Social Security Numbers
- Health insurance information
- Medical and/or treatment information
- Billing and/or claims information
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated data breach lawyer and Privacy Attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in class action security breach lawsuits.
Can You Sue following the Connexin Data Breach?
Entities that collect and store data have a duty to protect personal information to the best of their ability. When they are negligent, and a data theft incident occurs, they may be liable for the following:
- Improperly monitoring data security systems for existing intrusions
- Not ensuring that vendors with access to computer systems and data employ reasonable security procedures
- Improperly training employees in handling emails containing personal data and maintain adequate email security practices
- Failure to implement technical policies and procedures to allow electronic data access only to individuals or software programs granted access rights
- Failure to implement procedures to review records of information system activity regularly, such as audit logs, access reports and security incident tracking reports
- Improperly protecting against reasonably anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of stored data
An experienced class action privacy attorney can determine if you are eligible to file a data breach lawsuit or join a class of plaintiffs. Lawyers investigating the matter can assist in determining the following:
- Did Connexin Software fail to adopt security safeguards that would have prevented a breach?
- Did Connexin notify customers as soon as it learned of the incident?
- Did Office Practicum provide a complete list of all individuals impacted?
- Did they provide security in line with industry standards?
The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule calls for data breach notifications to be issued to the Secretary of the Health and Human Services “without unnecessary delay.” No later than 60 days after the date of discovery of a data breach, healthcare entities have a duty to alert the government and begin preparing to alert the public.
Consumer privacy attorneys say there has been a trend for HIPAA-regulated entities to wait as long as possible before alerting affected individuals, a practice that place consumers at a higher risk of identity theft and fraud.
In many cases, data breach notifications have been sent out many months after a security breach incident was detected. There may be valid reasons for a delay in reporting, though in some cases this institutes a severe disservice to those impacted by a data theft event.
Delays to individual data theft notifications could mean individuals’ Personal Health Information (PHI) has been in the hands of criminals for many months before they are even aware about the data theft.
Privacy lawyers claim promptly sending out individual data breach notification letters and being transparent about the fraud risk for individuals is not only ethical, but the only way to avoid stiff penalties.
The HHS has made it clear that if healthcare entities do not comply with the 60 day rule from the date of data breach discovery, they may be liable for notification violations.
The following practices may have been impacted:
|ABC Pediatrics Practice, PC||Discovery Pediatrics, Inc.||Honeygo Pediatrics, LLC||Orland Children’s Center, Inc.||Ruth Agwuna, M.D.|
|Academy Pediatrics, PA||Dr. Michael J Ulich Pediatrics, LLC||Jackson Pediatric Associates, PA||Passaic Pediatrics II, PA||Samuel R Williams, M.D., PA|
|Advanced Care Pediatric Centre, PLLC||Drexel Hill Pediatric Associates, PC||Jaleh Niazi, M.D., PC d/b/a New Day Pediatrics||Pediatric Associates, PSC||San Marino Pediatric Associates|
|Alice Tanner, M.D., PC||Eastern Carolina Pediatrics, PA||James A. Weidman, AMC||Pediatric Associates of Lawrenceville, LLC||SchoolCare, Inc. f/k/a CareDox, Inc.|
|All Star Pediatrics, LLC||Eastern Shore Children’s Clinic, PC||Jose F. Alvarado & Associates, PA||Pediatric Care Center No. 2, Inc.||SCS LLC d/b/a Bayshore Pediatrics|
|Angel Kids Pediatrics||Ekta Khurana, M.D., PLLC||Kate Bowers, M.D., PLLC d/b/a Firefly Pediatrics||Pediatric Center for Wellness, PC||Sistema Infantil Teleton USA, Inc. a/k/a CRITS|
|Arlington Pediatric Partners, PLLC d/b/a Kids Docs Pediatrics||Emily B. Vigour, M.D., LLC d/b/a Vigour Pediatrics||Kerrville Pediatrics, PLLC||Pediatric Health Center of El Paso||South River Pediatrics, LLC|
|Ascension Medical Group f/k/a Pediatric Associates, PA||Ennis Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, PA||Kids First Pediatric Care, PA||Pediatric Healthcare Associates of McKinney||Springfield Medical, LLC|
|August Pediatrics, PA||Forest Hill Pediatrics, LLC MD||Kids Kare Pediatrics, PLLC||Pediatric Medicine of Cartersville, PC||Sumter Pediatrics, LLC|
|Austex Pediatrics, PA||Fox Pediatrics, PLLC||Kids World Pediatrics, LLC||Pediatric MultiCare West, LLC||Texoma Pediatrics, PLLC|
|Bristow Pediatrics, PLLC||Fraser-Branche Medical, PLLC||Kidswood Pediatrics, Inc.||Pediatric Physicians of Reston, PC||The Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic, Inc.|
|Cecilia A Nwankwo, M.D. FAAP, PC||Gaurang Patel, M.D., LLC||Kidzcare Pediatrics, PC||Pediatrics East, PC||The Pediatric Center of Frederick, LLC|
|Carolina Pediatrics and Adolescent Care, PA||Gold Pediatrics, PA||KION Pediatrics, PLLC||Peds First Pediatrics||Thomasville-Archedale Pediatrics, PLLC|
|Casey Thomas Mulcihy Austin Texas, PA||Goldsboro Pediatrics, PA||Kressly Pediatrics, PC||Pensacola Pediatrics PA||Thompson River Pediatrics and Urgent Care, LLC|
|Central Coast Pediatrics, Inc.||Goodlettsville Pediatrics, PC||Lilac City Pediatrics, PA||Petoskey Pediatrics PC||Valley Children’s Medical Group|
|Children’s Clinic, Ltd.||Graham Pediatrics of Woodstock, LLC||Madison Pediatric Associates, PC||Phillips Pediatrics, PC||Virginia Pediatric Group, Ltd.|
|Children’s Health Center of Columbus, Inc.||Great Bend Children’s Clinic, PA||Maria Luisa Lira, M.D., PA||Premiere Pediatrics, PLLC||Watch Us Grow Pediatrics, PC|
|Children’s Health of Ocala, PA||Harbor Pediatrics, PS||Mariano D. Cibran, M.D., Inc. d/b/a St. Petersburg Pediatrics||QC Kidz Pediatrics, PLLC||We Care Pediatrics, PC|
|Children’s Mercy – Pediatric Partners, Inc.||Hatboro Pediatrics, PC||Maryland Pediatric Care, LLC||Rachel Z. Chatters, M.D., Inc||Wee Tots Pediatrics, PA|
|Children’s Mercy – Shawnee Mission Pediatrics||Hawthorne Pediatrics, LLC||Maryvale Pediatric Specialists, LLC||Raleigh Group, PC||Westview Pediatric Care, LLC|
|Children’s Pediatric Center Northside, LLC||Hebron Pediatrics, LLC||Mayura Madani, M.D., PLLC||Rankin Children’s Group, PLLC||Winsted Pediatrics|
|Community Pediatrics, SC||Heights Pediatrics, PC||McComb Children’s Clinic, Ltd.||Raza Ali, MD, PC||Yazji Pediatrics|
|Cordova Pediatrics, PLLC||Helena Pediatric Clinic, PC||Northeast Pediatric Night Clinic, Inc.||Reading Pediatrics, Inc.||Zero Pediatrics, PLLC|
|Crockett Kids Pediatrics, PC||Holmdel Pediatrics, LLC||Oregon City Pediatrics||Renaissance Pediatrics, P.C.|
What Should You Do Following the Data Breach?
Regardless of the reason for a security breach, victims have the right to file a claim against a company for failing to protect their information. All companies and organizations must exercise reasonable care in protecting patient information, and if they do not, they can be held liable for the damages that result, including identity theft.
Individuals impacted in the Connexin Data breach:
We would like to speak with you about your privacy rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data security incident. Please fill out the contact form, below, or contact us by phone.
If you were impacted by a data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information:
- Review the breach notice you received and retain a copy
- Enroll in any free credit monitoring service provided by the breached company
- Change your passwords and security questions for related online accounts
- Review account statements and credit reports for signs of fraud or identity theft
- Contact a credit bureau to request a temporary fraud alert
Security breach plaintiffs and privacy attorneys representing plaintiffs have been able to settle multi-million dollar recoveries. If you or a loved one has received notice of an online security incident affecting you, or suspect signs of identity theft, contact a data theft lawyer for a free consultation.
Individuals can be ruined financially and emotionally, and deserve proper online security measures. But many companies violate privacy laws and consumer rights, and thus face class action lawsuits.
After a data breach turns your life upside down, remember that you are not the only victim. There are millions of Americans who suffer from data privacy events every year, and in turn, seek legal action for compensation and to hold companies accountable for negligent security systems.
If you want more information on current data security litigation and how to file a data theft class action lawsuit, contact The Lyon Firm for a free and confidential Connexin – Office Practicum data breach case review.