CDPH Issues Privacy Breach Fines to Five California Hospitals | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

CDPH Issues Privacy Breach Fines to Five California Hospitals

June 14, 2010
by root
| Reprints

The California Department of Public Health (CDHP) has announced that five California hospitals have been assessed administrative penalties and fines totaling $675,000 for the failure to prevent unauthorized access to confidential patient medical information.

Under new legislation intended to protect the confidentiality of medical records, a facility that fails to prevent a breach of patient medical information may be assessed a $25,000 fine for each affected individual. A penalty of up to $17,500 is added for each subsequent breach.

The following hospitals received penalties:

Community Hospital of San Bernardino, San Bernardino, San Bernardino County


Enloe Medical Center, Chico, Butte County


Rideout Memorial Hospital, Marysville, Yuba County


Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County San Joaquin Community Hospital, Bakersfield, Kern County

Facilities that receive penalties are required to submit a plan of correction to CDPH within 10 working days to prevent future incidents. Facilities can appeal an administrative penalty by requesting a hearing within 10 calendar days of notification. If a hearing is requested, the penalties are to be paid if upheld following appeal.

Topics

News

House Committee Presses Nuance Executives on NotPetya Attack

he U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee is requesting that Nuance Communications executives provide more information about the malware incident, called NotPetya, that impacted the company, along with multinational companies in 65 countries, back in June.

Regenstrief Researchers to Study Impact of HIE on Emergency Care

Scientists at the Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute are conducting what they say is the first study of health information exchange (HIE) use over multiple years to evaluate whether it improves patient outcomes in emergency departments.

Report: Healthcare Organizations Struggle with Human Error in Securing PHI

In the first nine months of 2017, unintended disclosure accounted for 41 percent of healthcare data breach incidents, according to a report from specialist insurer Beazley.

Three More Providers Receive 2017 HIMSS Davies Awards

Three patient care organizations have received the 2017 global Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Enterprise Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for healthcare technology innovations that improve patient outcomes.

Medtronic, American Well Team Up to Integrate Telehealth Capabilities

Medtronic and American Well announced a partnership to offer a telehealth solution focused on the unique needs of the complex, chronic, co-morbid patient population.

Medsphere Merges with RCM Vendor Stockell

Medsphere Systems Corp., developer of the OpenVista electronic health record, is merging with Stockell Healthcare Systems, which offers a suite of revenue cycle management tools.