Reports Pour in under California's New Privacy Laws

Reports of health record breach violations have been pouring into the California Department of Public Health since the state began requiring healthcare entities to report all incidents of unauthorized record access.

More than 800 reports have been filed since the law took effect January 1, according to Kathleen Billingsley, RN, deputy director of the California Department of Public Health, Center for Health Care Quality (CDPH). The agency has conducted dozens of investigations to date, she says.

The new laws have raised eyebrows across the country, and have positioned California as a “leader in medical privacy,” Billingsley says. Meanwhile healthcare providers have been scrambling to institute policies that adhere to the new—some say overly strict— requirements.

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