I recently received MY letter from the U. Are any lawyers looking into this? Is
anyone working on a class action suit?I can't help but wonder, if I sign
up for their "free credit monitoring" am I agreeing to NOT seek other action
against the UMC?
At least the illegals won't have to worry about their identities. They get
everything for free without any personal information.
One year of free credit check?????? They'd better come up with something to
make us not feel to violated. We can't even sleep well at night. Here we are
taking every precaution with our personal information buying shreders and
everything and the University hits us with this stupid mistake. How long before
we can sleep again?
Encrypt your backup tapes. That way if the tapes are lost or stolen, the data
is unreadable. Even if Mickey Mouse is carting them around.
Will those records have patients most private infomation? Such as doctor's
notes? medications their taking? diagnosis? symptoms? WOW I cannot believe
this. Are all you passive Utahns just going sit around and wait for the
consequences to happen to you because of someone's mistake that can effect you
for a life time? Someone has to pay for this I say who ever decided to use that
Mickey Mouse company that has courier's that do not follow procedure. It was
probably the cheapest company to do the job, never mind about high security for
their patients personal infomation. Start firing the upper echelon and down
over this poor decision to use a Mickey Mouse courier service, probably to save
money. Getting rid them will save the university millions. Just like they are
hiring all brand new nurses with no experience to take care of their patients
trying to save themselves money so they can get their big paychecks, never mind
the patient care this is tragic!!!!!!!!
A courier using his personal vehicle then parking over night in Kearns? Are you
joking? Why isn't there more comments about this story? Can anyone find more
information about the legal ramifications and the responsibility that the
University of Utah Healthcare system has now for all their patients. Such a
inexcusable decision and error made by a very large healthcare system in not
safeguarding their patients most private infomation.This could be a tragedy for
millions of people, not just in Utah but so many of their patients in other
What horrible writing and grammar usage from the previous respondents to this
article! I would estimate the average age must be around 11 - based on the
English usage. By the way, the University of Utah hospital system must be
terribly embarrassed by this mess and should pay a dear price. Maybe they will
learn to appropriately protect confidential information [ever heard of
HIPPA?]. Hopefully, other medical providers will also learn from this
Directly from Perpetual Storage's website:"Any organization which
fails to institute appropriate data security can expose not only the
organization but its board of directors individually and personally to
substantial liability, which can be imposed by contract an/or by law. The board
of directors of a company has a fiduciary responsibility to the stockholders to
protect all of the assets of the company. Failure to establish and maintain a
reasonable security program is a breach of that fiduciary duty; in case of
substatial loss, the members of the board may be personally liable to
stockholders whose stock has been devalued. The corporation may also be liable
to others, either contractually or under the doctrines of tort law (a civil
wrong for which the law imposes liability)."
My experiences at the U. Hospital have gotten worse over the years. Terrible
service by staff and nurses. Place looks and (smells) old. Now this! My
insurance allows me to get care elsewhere. I am done with the U. There's far
better care in the state (Primary's, LDS Hospital and the new IMC hospital in
Was this data encrypted or not? University Hospital won't say which means this
data was unprotected. And whose idea was it to offer $1,000 for more than 2
million records of patients? They should be fired. All I saw today was cover
up!!! Make University Hospital for this blunder!
It would have been a piece of cake to encrypt the information. It would then
have been worthless to a thief. I'm afraid that people who collect
personal information -- health care systems, stores, credit card companies, etc.
-- won't routinely take this absurdly simple step until they're bludgeoned by
some *very* hairy lawsuits.
Over a week to notify people? are you kidding?
Wow, $1,000 for 2.2 million medical records! Come on University Hospital. How
cheap can you be! First you withhold this information to the public about the
missing data for some time and then they come out with a measly $1,000 reward.
Bet the thief can get much more than that on the black market! Yet one more
reason why I don't use University Hospital.
This is a serious identify theft issue that is being downplayed by the
University of Utah Hospital staff. "Hospital officials pointed out that when
data has been stolen from other hospitals, there has been not one clear case of
identity theft as a result." How reassuring! Why did they wait almost 9 days
before the public was notified of this theft?
Lesson to be learned: Never EVER give you Social Security to a medical office.
You do not have to do so, no matter what they say.