[ISN] UCLA Health System intensifies medical record security following a $865, 000 settlement for high-profile violations of patient privacy

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2011 03:43:06 -0700 (MST)

The Daily Bruin
July 11, 2011

On the heels of a hefty court settlement over a confidential records 
breach, the UCLA Health System is administering further safeguards to 
prevent unauthorized viewing of patients’ medical records.

Last week, the health system agreed to an $865,000 settlement with 
federal health regulators over a series of incidents that allegedly took 
place between 2005 and 2009. During that time period, multiple hospital 
employees were reported and fired for violating the Health Insurance 
Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security 

These staff members allegedly viewed the medical records of celebrities 
including Britney Spears, Farrah Fawcett and former California first 
lady Maria Shriver, said Roxanne Moster, UCLA Health System spokeswoman.

Hoping to stave off future incidents, the UCLA Health System has 
collaborated with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for 
the past three years, holding in-depth training and putting in place 
further levels of security for private records, Moster said.


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