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