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Federal judge dismisses Adventist Health System HIPAA breach suit

HealthITSecurity, July 9, 2013

Nearly three months after Richard Faircloth filed a class action lawsuit against Adventist Health System/Sunbelt, Inc. for violating the privacy rights of other patients at the Florida hospital, a federal judge has dismissed the case. More than 740,000 patients? data had been compromised and Adventist Health employees reportedly sold that data to outside individuals. Faircloth argued that though HIPAA doesn't allow private patients to sue healthcare organizations, a federal judge should determine whether Adventist was in the wrong because HIPAA's privacy language dictates how Florida state laws are interpreted.