Medical Informatics Engineering Data Breach

Moore v. Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc. 
Western District of Washington
Case No. 3:15-cv-05595

In Re: Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation
Northern District of Indiana
Case No. 3:15-MD – 2667

Case Overview

Keller Rohrback filed a proposed class action complaint against Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc. (“MIE”) on behalf of a plaintiff who had her personal information stolen from MIE’s databases on August 22, 2015.

Plaintiff alleges that MIE failed to secure and protect its large, web-based communication network that allows healthcare providers to transmit and share electronic information about patients, resulting in the release of the names, Social Security Numbers, medical information (including diagnoses, physicians’ notes, and prescription histories), and other sensitive personal data. The data MIE failed to protect is highly sensitive information, creating serious risk for those who have now lost control of their data.

In March 2016, the case was transferred to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, where all of the MIE data breach litigation were consolidated before Judge Robert L. Miller.

Case Status

A consolidated amended class action complaint was filed in the Northern District of Indiana on March 22, 2016. The Defendant responded with a motion to dismiss. The briefing on this motion was completed in August 2018.

Most recently, the Court entered a Revised Case Management Order. Discovery in the case will begin in February 2019 and is expected to continue into 2020.

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Background on the Breach

MIE operates a large web-based communication network that allows healthcare providers to transmit and share electronic information about patients. Although MIE boasts about the security of its network and databases, it failed to secure and protect its systems, resulting in the release of the names, Social Security Numbers, medical information (including diagnoses, physicians’ notes, and prescription histories), and other sensitive personal data. The data MIE failed to protect is highly sensitive information, creating serious risk for those who have now lost control of their data.

What is a Data Breach?

The term “data breach” refers to an occurrence in which sensitive, protected, or confidential data has been viewed, stolen, or used by an unauthorized individual. Data breaches typically involve critically important information that can be used to commit fraud or identity theft such as personal health information, personally identifiable information (social security numbers and home addresses), intellectual property, and trade secrets.

Protecting Your Private Information

The Federal Trade Commission’s website is a great resource for information on immediate steps to take if you’ve been exposed to a data breach: https://www.identitytheft.gov.

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