Monday, March 9, 2015

California Hospital Fined for Privacy Breaches by Employees

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has fined a hospital in Colusa county $6,000 for a breach of patient privacy by hospital employees.

Two nurses accessed, without authorization, the medical records of a patient who was the daughter of a local physician. The hospital has implemented disciplinary action against the two nurses.

"Two employees accessed, without authorization, the medical records of a patient who was the daughter of a local physician."
- California Department of Public Health report
The breach report notes monitoring is "performed via audits by department managers and HIMS, direct random observation and encouraged reporting of suspected activity." This burden on staff can be eliminated by utilizing low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics to proactively detect privacy data breaches.
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Sources:
(a) Complaint CA00275784 - www.CDPH.ca.gov, 03/09/2015

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