Why should I protect restricted information?
- Financial Penalties:
- California Assembly Bill 211 (AB-211)
- AB 211 fines and civil penalties against any individual
- negligently discloses or knowingly and willfully obtains, discloses, or uses medical information in violation of state / federal laws.
- Enforced by Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHii)
- Various fines per violation, one of which has a maximum of US$250,000
- misdemeanor if the patient suffers economic loss or personal injury
- potential for civil action by the patient with statutory damages ($1,000) in addition to actual damages
- notify the licensing board for further investigation or discipline of individual providers
- May apply to institutions or to individuals or to both
Financial penalties for you personally, the School, and the University could accrue for failing to protect restricted information.
- California Senate Bill 541 (SB-541)
- SB 541 imposes penalties upon institutions
- failure to prevent or report for unauthorized access use, or disclosure of medical information.
- Enforced by California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
- up to US$25,000 per patient
- up to $17,500 per subsequent access, use, or disclosure
- $100 per day that the violation is not reported within the 5-day reporting period
- Applies to institutions, not to individuals.