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Massive Data Breach Exposes 500,000 Patients’ Medical Records

LifeBridge Health in Maryland is the most recent health system to have its patient records impermissibly accessed through a malware cyberattack. Indication of an attack was first detected in March 2018, upon which the hospital hired a national forensic firm to investigate the attack and determined that an unauthorized person had accessed LifeBridge’s server in September 2016.

According to LifeBridge’s public notice, the cyber attacker accessed the servers through one of LifeBridge’s physician practices, LifeBridge Potomac Professionals.  LifeBridge has not concluded whether the accessed information has been misused in any way.  Information potentially accessed includes names, addresses, birth dates, insurance information, and Social Security numbers. LifeBridge has opened a call center to provide patients seeking additional information access to such support.  LifeBridge has also offered one-year complimentary credit care monitoring and identify protection services to patients whose Social Security numbers may have been compromised.

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Sumaya Noush, Drinker Biddle Law Firm, HealthCare Attorney

Sumaya Noush counsels health care clients on strategic and operational matters including transactions, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance. She helps her clients navigate the daily challenges of running their operations while identifying opportunities for growth in today’s rapidly evolving and highly competitive health care market.

Sumaya previously served as a law clerk for Drinker Biddle, an instructor at Yale’s Bioethics Institute where she taught a seminar on FDA law and medical ethics, and a Visiting Scholar at...