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CHA Files Amicus Letter Regarding CMIA

CHA filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) letter April 16 supporting the petition for writ of mandate in Eisenhower v. Superior Court. This class action lawsuit arose from the theft of a password-protected desktop computer containing the name, birth date, age, medical record number, and last four digits of the Social Security number of 500,000 patients. The Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) authorizes nominal damages of $1,000 per patient whose medical information was negligently released. The amicus curiae letter argues that, because “medical information” is defined in the CMIA to mean any individually identifiable information “regarding a patient’s medical history, mental or physical condition, or treatment,” that plaintiffs are not entitled to these damages. A copy of CHA’s letter is attached.