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21st Century Oncology to pay $2.3M HIPAA settlement for 2015 data breach

21st Century Oncology has agreed to pay a $2.3 million fine to the Department of Health and Human Services for a 2015 data breach that impacted more than 2.2 million patients.

According to court documents, the national cancer care provider headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida, has also agreed to class action lawsuits filed in 2016. 21st Century Oncology operates 179 treatment centers across 17 states.

The breach of the company's network SQL database and theft of the medical data and Social Security numbers of millions of patients is believed to have occurred as early as October 3, 2015.