Patients at Mass. General and Brigham and Women's and their community hospitals and physician groups as well as patients at Mass. Eye and Ear and Dana-Farber are eligible to share in an $18.4-million class-action settlement of a claim involving information the health-care providers' Web site may have shared with Facebook and Google - but they have to sign up by Dec. 15.
The hospitals agreed, without admitting any guilt, to pay the money to make the Suffolk Superior Court suit go away. Eligible patients, who were treated at the hospitals or their suburban facilities between May 23, 2016, and July 31, 2021, were mailed claim forms with ID numbers on them, but the forms referred to a "cookie settlement," which might mean nothing to anybody who was not directly involved in the suit.
At issue were various tracking codes placed on the Web sites through which patients could make appointments or get information about procedures. In a lawsuit, two anonymous patients claimed the code could be used to capture information about visitors to the Web sites and even what they typed in online forms for distribution to the third parties.
More background on the case | Submit a claim (Notice ID and confirmation number required).
Original court complaint (2.6M PDF).