Calif. hospitals fined for hospital privacy

LOS ANGELES /*Pacific Hospital*/ of Long Beach was fined $225,000 after an employee accessed patient medical information and then allegedly used it to create fraudulent accounts with Verizon.

/*Children's Hospital*/ of Orange County was also fined $25,000 after an employee accessed the medical records of a co-worker's child without authorization.

Stolen records contained personal information, which included Social Security numbers and medical test results. Patients who could have been affected were all notified.

Gov. /*Arnold Schwarzenegger*/ signed the law governing privacy fines in health facilities in 2008 when his wife and other celebrities' records were stolen at /*UCLA Medical Center*/.

Other fines issued Friday:

  • $125,000: /*Kaweah Manor Convalescent Hospital*/ in Tulare County after an employee accessed and used the medical information of five patients.

  • $60,000: /*Delano Regional Medical Center*/ in Kern County after one patient's medical information was disclosed by an employee on three occasions.
  • $42,500: /*Oroville Hospital*/ in Butte County after one patient's medical information was disclosed by an employee on two occasions.
  • $25,000: /*Children's Hospital*/ of Orange in Orange County after one patient's medical information was accessed by one employee.
  • $5,000: /*Biggs Gridley Memorial Hospital*/ in Butte County after two employees accessed a patient's information on three occasions.

The smaller, rural hospital negotiated the smaller fine.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

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