Five California Hospitals Fined Over Unauthorized Access to Patient Records

Thanks to a reader who sent me the link, here is a more complete listing of the $675,000 in fines recently imposed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on hospitals over privacy breaches involving unauthorized access to patient files by employees:

1. Community Hospital of San Bernardino, San Bernardino, San Bernardino County: The hospital was assessed a $250,000 fine after the facility failed to prevent unauthorized access of 204 patients’ medical information by one employee.

2. Community Hospital of San Bernardino, San Bernardino, San Bernardino County: The hospital was assessed a $75,000 fine after the facility failed to prevent unauthorized access of three patients’ medical information by one employee.

3. Enloe Medical Center, Chico, Butte County: The hospital was assessed a $130,000 fine after the facility failed to prevent unauthorized access of one patient’s medical information by seven employees.

4. Rideout Memorial Hospital, Marysville, Yuba County: The hospital was assessed a $100,000 fine after the facility failed to prevent unauthorized access of 33 patients’ medical information by 17 employees.

5. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County: The hospital was assessed a $95,000 fine after the facility failed to prevent unauthorized access of one patient’s medical information by four employees.

6. San Joaquin Community Hospital, Bakersfield, Kern County: The hospital was assessed a $25,000 fine after the facility failed to prevent unauthorized access of three patients’ medical information by two employees.

Read more on CDPH’s web site.

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