Friday, May 15, 2015

California DPH Levied $1.1M in Fines for Health Privacy Breaches

To date for 2015, the California Department of Public Health has levied fines of $1.1 million against healthcare providers and hospitals for data breaches. The breaches were often the result of inappropriate access of patient records by employees.

Examples of the privacy breaches that led to fines included a clerk viewing her husband's chart, an employee accessing 98 patient records without prior authorization, and two employees playing a prank on an employee undergoing surgery.

"The breaches typically were the result of...inappropriat access to records by employees."
- The California Department of Public Health
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Sources:
(a) DPH Has Levied $1.1M in Fines This Year Over Data Breaches - www.CaliforniaHealthline.org, 05/08/2015

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