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California Fines Five Hospitals For Failure To Protect Patient Data

Unauthorized access leads to stiff penalties, showing teeth behind new state law
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that five California hospitals have been assessed administrative penalties and fines totaling $675,000 for failing to prevent unauthorized access to confidential patient medical information.

"Medical privacy is a fundamental right and a critical component of quality medical care in California," said Dr. Mark Horton, director of CDPH. "We are very concerned with violations of patient confidentiality and their potential harm to the residents of California."

The following hospitals received penalties:

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