SVDH reports patient record breach
During a routine security audit of patient records and information, Sierra View District Hospital determined that a hospital employee inappropriately accessed protected health information (PHI). As a result, the hospital immediately conducted an investigation to determine the extent to which information was accessed.
The investigation concluded that the access to information was contained internally and was not disclosed externally. Furthermore, it was determined that no financial information was inappropriately accessed.
Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code § 1280.15, the hospital contacted each affected patient regarding the breach and have proactively responded to questions and concerns. The hospital has also taken necessary measures to regain and maintain security of patient health information to prevent such instances from occurring in the future.
Sierra View District Hospital is a 167-bed, full-service acute care facility located in Porterville. The hospital serves the Southern Sequoia region of California’s Central Valley and is the pre-eminent health care provider in the area. Sierra View offers a wide range of health care services featuring state of the art technologies like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT Scan).