$675K in Breach Fines Levied Against CA Hospitals
DATA LOSS—U.S.June 11, 2010
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced Thursday it has issued privacy breach fines totaling $675,000 against five hospitals after the CDPH determined the facilities did not prevent unauthorized access to confidential patient information. "Medical privacy is a fundamental right and a critical component of quality medical care in California," said CDPH Director Dr. Mark Horton. "We are very concerned with violations of patient confidentiality and their potential harm to the residents of California." The medical centers were fined between $95,000 and $325,000 each. The Mercury News reports that the facilities have 10 days to submit a plan of correction or appeal.