Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Gov. Schwarzenegger Creates Hospital Privacy Oversight Office

Patrick McGreevy writes in The Los Angeles Times:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took action today to enable the state to impose stiff fines on hospital employees who snoop in their patients' files, months after California First Lady Maria Shriver was one of several celebrities whose privacy was invaded at UCLA Medical Center.

The governor approved the creation of a new state Office of Health Information Integrity with power to review security plans and violations and assess fines of up to $250,000 against violators of patient privacy.

More here.


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