Consulting firm seeks to drop lawsuit over missing laptop
HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 7, 2012
Accretive Health, Inc., a consulting firm charged with violating health privacy laws, has asked to have the lawsuit dismissed, according to an April 30 report in the StarTribune. Accretive lost a laptop computer containing the medical data of 23,500 Minnesota residents last year.
The company claims that because no consumers have been harmed as a result of the lost data, claims of consumer fraud in Attorney General Lori Swanson’s lawsuit are baseless.
Swanson’s lawsuit seeks an order that would require Accretive to inform patients of the information collected, how that information will be used, and where that information has been sent. Accretive has accused Swanson of creating a media campaign against the company rather than settling the issue in court.
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