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Tighter security coming for FL prescription database

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, June 20, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- State health officials said Wednesday they were beefing up security of the statewide prescription drug database to protect patient information, a week after the American Civil Liberties Union said patients' personal information was leaked. The Florida Department of Health said it was working with law enforcement officials and Attorney General Pam Bondi to explore addition safety measures, including limiting the number of people from state agencies allowed to use the database, creating a system requiring all agency administrators be notified when a user requests database information and potentially disqualifying users who compromise patient information. State officials said they also want more clearly displayed penalties for improper disclosure on the program's web-based disclosure screens.