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Certain hospitals in Pennsylvania have allegedly shared protected information without consent–those affected may be able to seek justice and compensation.

Certain hospitals in Pennsylvania have allegedly shared protected information without consent–those affected may be able to seek justice and compensation.

Privacy violations may have occurred via hospital patient portals–hospitals involved may include:



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Hospitals in Pennsylvania that may have leaked private protected health information


Complaints indicate that hospitals in Pennsylvania may have leaked the private, protected health information of their patients, sparking patient privacy concerns and a lawsuit.

Certain social media websites that use pixel data to collect PII (personally identifiable information) have allegedly shared personal protected health information with medical providers, such as hospitals via their patient portals.

The Pennsylvania hospitals suspected of leaking private protected health information include:


The data collection is allegedly done without the consent or knowledge of patients, in direct violation of federal and state laws, as well as the social media organizations’ contracts with their users.

The Consumer Assistance Team urges victims that may have had their sensitive patient information leaked by a Pennsylvania hospital to get a free, private case evaluation.

HIPPA Privacy Act requires separate consent for these actions to be lawful


A class-action lawsuit filed in the U.S. Northern District of California claims social media companies’ pixel tracking tools scraped hospital website data and allegedly violated the medical privacy of “millions of patients.”

Social media companies allegedly “receive patient data — including patient portal usage information — from hundreds of medical providers in the U.S. that have deployed the pixel scraping technologies on their web properties,” according to the lawsuit.

So far, the legal team has identified at least 664 hospital system or medical provider websites where pixel scraping technologies have allegedly obtained health data for social media giants.

According to the victims, the alleged violations include:

  • a breach of the Federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act;
  • a breach of California’s Invasion of Privacy Act and Unfair Competition Law; and,
  • a breach of the social media companies’ duty of good faith and fair dealing

To meet these privacy requirements, the social media companies in question would need to have a HIPAA business associate agreement (BAA) in place in order to handle PHI in compliance with HIPAA. 

The Consumer Assistance Team believes that victims that may have had their sensitive patient information leaked by a Pennsylvania hospital should receive compensation for losses.

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