Posted On February 23, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
February 23, 2022 – Recently, Logan Health Medical Center announced that the hospital was the victim of what it characterizes as a highly “sophisticated criminal attack” targeting certain files on servers containing sensitive employee and patient information. Those impacted by a data breach should be sure they understand what happened, what their rights are, and how they can pursue them. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating this security breach. As a part of the investigative process, our attorneys will be interviewing any victims of the breach to determine what harm was caused and whether they are eligible to bring a data breach class action lawsuit against Logan Health Medical Center.
According to a letter issued by Logan Health Medical Center, the hospital first noticed signs of suspicious activity on one of its servers on November 22, 2021. In response, the hospital enlisted the assistance of third-party forensic specialists to determine the scope of the incident and whether any sensitive personal information was compromised.
On January 5, 2022, Logan Health Medical Center confirmed that an unauthorized party accessed files containing protected health information of certain employees and patients. While different information may have been involved for each affected employee, the data includes employees’ names, Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers and email addresses.
On February 22, 2022, Logan Health began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was contained in the affected files. It is believed that the Logan Health data breach impacted as many as 213,543 individuals.
Logan Health Medical Center is one of the hospitals in the Logan Health system. The hospital provides a wide range of healthcare services and specializes in cardiovascular care, oncology, neuroscience and spine care, orthopedics, women’s health, surgical care, pediatrics and behavioral health. Logan Health Medical Center employs approximately 500 physicians and 3,000 other employees. Together, all Logan Health facilities employ more than 4,300 employees. The Logan Health system serves 13 counties in Montana, spanning 13 counties.
When decided to work for Logan Health and provide the organization access to your personal data, you trusted it to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Logan Health Medical Center data breach raises some very serious questions about the hospital’s data security measures and whether it could have done more to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Regardless of the industry, all businesses, including healthcare providers, have a legal obligation to protect consumer information in their possession. Although creating and maintaining a data security system is costly, this is a necessary expense given the frequency with which cyberattacks occur.
Individuals whose personal, identifying, financial or healthcare-related data was compromised in a data breach can pursue legal action against an organization that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the Logan Health Medical Center breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Logan Health was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Logan Health Medical Center security breach to determine the potential legal remedies of those affected.
If you have questions about your ability to pursue a data breach class action lawsuit against Logan Health, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Logan Health in the coming weeks, it means your personal data was among that which was compromised in the recent cyberattack. It also means a cybercriminal may have had access to—and may have stolen—your personal data. Given the risks involved, it is important you remain vigilant by taking the following steps:
At Console & Associates, P.C., our consumer privacy lawyers monitor all security and data breaches to help affected consumers pursue their legal remedies. We offer free consultations to victims of data breaches and can explain your rights in clear, understandable terms so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed with your case. If you’ve been affected by the Logan Health data breach or any other data security incident, Console & Associates, P.C., will investigate your case at no charge and offer you thorough advice about how to most effectively proceed with your case. If you decide to bring a case, we only get paid if you do. If your claim is successful, any legal fees are either paid by the defendant or come out of the funds recovered from the defendant. If your claim doesn’t result in a recovery, you will pay nothing.