Welcome to the information website for Santana, et al. v. Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, Case No 37-2014-00022411-CU-MT-CTL. On November 6, 2017, the San Diego Superior Court entered an Order certifying this case (which includes all patients (or their parents or guardians) of Defendant Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego (“Rady” or “Defendant”) who were admitted in-patient to one of Defendant’s hospital, satellite or urgent care locations between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013) as a class action. This website has been established to provide general information.

 

Background of the Litigation

On June 16, 2014, Defendant mailed approximately 14,121 patients a letter that stated in part “[o]n June 6, 2014, an employee of Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego inadvertently sent an electronic file containing information about your child in an email to four individuals…. Through our interviews with the individuals, we learned that one of the recipients forwarded the email to two additional people.”  In a Press Release, Defendant stated in part that “[t]he file contained information on 14,121 patients admitted to Rady Children’s between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. Information included patients’ names, dates of birth, primary diagnoses, admit/discharge dates, medical record numbers, and other information including insurance carrier and claim information. The email did not contain social security, insurance or credit card numbers, street addresses, or parent and guardian names.”

As a result of the litigation, Plaintiffs have discovered, and it is undisputed, that on June 6, 2014, a Recruiter in Rady’s Human Resources Department sent an email to four job applicants attaching an electronic file (an Excel spreadsheet) at the direction of Rady’s Director of Decision Support. None of the four job applicants or the two other recipients were ever employed by Rady.

In the lawsuit, Plaintiffs allege that Rady’s disclosure to the four job applicants was negligent and that Rady’s release of Class Members’ personal and confidential medical information was a violation of the Confidentially of Medical Information Act, Civil Code §§ 56 et seq., (“CMIA”). Rady denies any violation of the CMIA, and any alleged damages.

Four separate class actions were filed between June 18, 2014, and July 9, 2014, related to Rady’s alleged violation of the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, California Civil Code §§ 56 et seq. (“CMIA”). The parties have engaged in extensive discovery, including depositions of numerous witnesses, and have exchanged written discovery, including interrogatories, requests for admission, and requests for production of documents. The Court has set a Fairness Hearing for January 25, 2019 at 9:00am.

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