Breach of Britney Spears patient data highlights health care security shortfalls

Jim Carr writes in SC Magazine:

Reports this week that the UCLA Medical Center has moved to fire 13 employees and suspended six others for unauthorized access to confidential medical records of pop star Britney Spears is a sign that training and regulations may not be working in some hospitals, experts told


Because the UCLA Medical Center is in Los Angeles, where many high-profile people live, [Beth Givens of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse] suggested that when hospital workers access a celebrity’s medical records at the UCLA Medical Center, a warning message should appear.

The pop-up should contain a note indicating that an employee should access the record only if he or she has a legitimate reason, she said. The warning should also include a reminder of penalties for unauthorized access to personal medical records, which are protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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