Another data breach–this time impacting 4 million Sutter patients. My daughter is among the patients in this breach (most likely), But even if this data isn’t immediately wiped by the thief, I’m struggling to see what’s worse about this than a standard credit card theft–which happens everyday. To me the worse impact from “data” being known about anyone is the completely OPEN data that is forcibly shared about people in the individual market (you are forced to share it to apply for coverage). And the only slightly less forced sharing of health information to get a job with a self-insured employer (yes they know who you are and they can tell what you’re likely to cost before hiring you). And do we hear shit about that? No, but that has real not imagined consequences. I sincerely hope that by the time my daughter gets to school in 3 years, there is no legal discrimination on health data whether that data is forcibly extracted or stolen. Oh and BTW premiums for California small group are going up 20% again this year … and that may be Sutter’s fault.