Tag Results for Patient Records (6)

  1. Kaiser Permanente Fined Over Medical Record Snooping

    California's Department of Public Health has fined Kaiser Permanente's Bellflower hospital $250,000 yesterday because it "failed to prevent unlawful or unauthorized access to, or use or disclosure of a patient's medical information," the LA Times reports. The fines were levied because of staff snooping into the files of Nadya Suleman, the woman who recently gave birth to eight babies. California has vigorously enforced and fined hospitals for violating medical record privacy laws, in contrast to the US Federal government. As noted in the LA Times story,"Federal law prohibits the unauthorized accessing …

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  2. Kaiser Permanente Fires 15 Over Medical Record Snooping

    The healthcare company Kaiser Permanente fired 15 employees and disciplined 8 more for snooping into the files of Nadya Suleman, the woman who recently gave birth to eight babies, according to a story in the LA Times this morning. The breaches into Suleman's electronic health records at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center were discovered 10 days ago as a result of (probably increased) computer security monitoring of Suleman's records. [Update: I had mistakenly listed the wrong hospital earlier - my apologies] Kaiser Permanente, which has one of the largest electronic health …

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  3. Express Scripts Offers $1 Million Reward for Info on Extortionist

    As I noted in an earlier post, an extortionist threatened the medical benefits manager Express Scripts in a letter in early October with the public exposure of millions of its confidential patient records . Last week, Express Script announced that some of the companies that use its services have also received anonymous letters threatening to expose the personal information of patients such as names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. The company said that along with notifying the FBI, that it, "was establishing a reward totaling $1 million for the person …

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  4. FBI Investigates Extortion Threat Against Express Scripts

    The New York Times is reporting that the FBI is investigating an extortion threat made against Express Scripts, a medical benefits company. The threat to expose millions of Express Scripts's patient records came in a letter in early October. The letter contained names, dates of birth,Social Security numbers and, in a few cases, prescription information of 75 patients along with a demand for money. The amount of money desired by the extortionist(s) was not disclosed. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Express Scripts, Inc. is one of the largest pharmacy benefit management …

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