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Kirk Nahra Warns of Class Action Litigation Firestorm in 2012
The article reports that over the last year, healthcare became one of the most-breached industries, while the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened up a myriad of investigations and levied multi-million-dollar fines for organizations that did not meet their patient privacy obligations.
Mr. Nahra advised that the top trend facing the health care industry in 2012 will be a deluge of class action litigation firestorms. The increase will come, says Mr. Nahra, as a direct result of patients suing healthcare organizations for failing to protect their protected health information. Over the past year, organizations faced several class action lawsuits as a result of breached patient data. Regardless of the outcome of the suit, the article warns these lawsuits are both a "significant risk and tremendous expense" for companies.