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



http://www.dailybruin.com/index.php/article/2011/07/ucla_health_systems

By SHOSHEE JAU
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 patientsâ 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 Rules.

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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