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Court's Interpretations of Damages Under California's Confidentiality of Medical Information

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by Kelly M. Hagemann
California Healthcare News
February 4, 2015

Kelly Hagemann's article, "Court's Interpretations of Damages Under California's Confidentiality of Medical Information," was published on California Healthcare News on February 4, 2015.

From the article...

"Without a doubt, technology has made life easier for doctors. Now, instead of toiling away in their offices late into the night, they can take medical records home with them on tablets and smartphones, giving them 24-7 access to patients’ medical information from wherever they choose to work. Unfortunately, these mobile devices increase the risk of security breaches, which is concerning both for patients, whose medical records could be stolen, and providers, who may be subject to civil penalties resulting from the theft. This is because California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) sets forth that a plaintiff is able to recover damages in an amount set by statute, as opposed to having to prove actual financial losses."