General Information

Health Information Technology System Security

On June 10, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced $675,000 in administrative penalties and fines imposed against five hospitals under statutory language in SB 541 (Chapter 605, Statutes of 2008). SB 541, which became effective January 1, 2009, requires hospitals to report unlawful use of, disclosure of or access to patient information. CDPH investigation of breaches and a fine/penalty structure are also defined in statute.

Please see the attached member memo for more details.