Healthcare Facilities Fined for Breaches
DATA LOSS—U.S.November 22, 2010
State officials have fined six California hospitals and a nursing home for failing to prevent unauthorized access to confidential patient medical information, The Los Angeles Times reports. By order of California health officials, the facilities have 10 days to submit plans to correct the problems that led to the breach. They may also appeal the fines. The state fined Pacific Hospital of Long Beach $225,000 after an unauthorized technician accessed nine patients' records and used the information to open telephone accounts, the report states. Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield received two fines totaling $310,000 after 596 patients' medical information was stolen from an unlocked storage locker. Five other facilities face fines ranging from $5,000 to $125,000.