Health Aid of Ohio Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit
Health Aid of Ohio, a Parma, Ohio home medical equipment provider, has reported a cyberattack on its systems that may have compromised the personal data of tens of thousands of patients. The company says unauthorized individuals accessed its systems and exfiltrated an undetermined number of files that contained patient data.
The Health Aid of Ohio data breach was detected in February 2021, due to suspicious network activity. A data breach investigation confirmed that patient data files were accessed and stolen from Health Aid of Ohio IT systems. It is possible that the exfiltrated files contained protected health information of VA plan members, including the following:
- Home addresses
- Telephone numbers
- Type of equipment delivered to homes
- Dates of birth
- Social Security numbers
- Insurance information
- Diagnosis information
Medical data can be very valuable to hackers, and may be sold on the black market for various uses. Health Aid of Ohio has not yet explained how the cyberattacker occurred, though such incidents often involve malware or ransomware. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights have been notified of over 141,000 individuals who may have potentially been affected.
Contact The Lyon Firm if you have been targeted in any data theft, data misuse, or invasion of privacy incident. Call for a free consultation and case review.
Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuits
Medical records contain multiple personal identifying characteristics of patients, and hackers may use this info in various fraud and identity theft schemes. The data can be sold, and may remain out in the open forever.
COVID-19 provided a favorable environment to hackers, and the number of cybersecurity breaches has increased as the healthcare system struggles to keep up with proper network security. HIPAA regulations have also been more relaxed, placing patients at risk.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, since the beginning of 2021, there have been at least 70 reports of medical data hacks, data theft, unauthorized access, and cyberattacks on network servers, email accounts, and electronic medical records.
The Lyon Firm has class action experience nationwide and is currently involved in data breach litigation, engaging negligent companies when personal data is stolen or leaked. We take personal privacy violation cases very seriously, and aim to compensate victims of data theft and data breach incidents.