CA Investigating Latest Health Net Data Breach

The California Department of Managed Health Care says it is investigating the loss of several servers containing the personal information of 1.9 million current and past Health Net enrollees.

1 comments on "CA Investigating Latest Health Net Data Breach"
David Harlow JD MPH (3/15/2011 at 9:51 AM)

It's both surprising and unsurprising that this has happened again to HealthNet. See for more detail on the CT case last year. See and for info on recent MA and MD cases (not HealthNet). In these several cases, we have examples of individual sloppiness, of ineffective corporate policies and procedures, and of gross neglect/fraud/incompetence. The question arises: is HIPAA (and the state law analogues) the right instrument to address all three sorts of problems? Since it seems that it is not having an effect on any of them, I would suggest that the answer is no. We need to retrench and figure out how best to address each of these scenarios.


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