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Medical data breaches spur lawsuits
North Bay Business Journal

As the health care sector moves toward wide-scale adoption of electronic medical records, the potential for personal-data breaches has significantly increased, creating a precarious legal environment for health plans and providers while class-action firms are carving out a lucrative niche in California.

In the past 18 months, health systems such as Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, Health Net and numerous others have experienced data breaches, including St.

Joseph Health, an event that affected some 10,000 patients in Sonoma and Napa counties, where it operates three hospitals.