Hospital employees fired for snooping
Kim Kardashian's private medical records are finding themselves at the center of a HIPAA breach at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center -- where Kardashian recently gave birth -- after the hospital fired six workers for snooping on more than a dozen patients' health records.
The five hospital employees and a student research assistant improperly accessed the medical records between June 18 and June 24, according to a report by The Los Angeles Times. Kardashian had her baby there June 15. Cedars-Sinai did not identify the names of the patients affected by the breach to the Times, and neither Kardashian nor husband Kanye West returned the newspaper's calls for comment.
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After the incident, the six workers who were involved will never be allowed to access the hospital records again, even if working for another health provider.
According to the report, Los Angeles hospitals have a history with curious employees inappropriately accessing celebrity health records.
UCLA Medical Center, in particular, has faced scrutiny after more than 30 celebrities had their private medical records breached, according to a 2009 CBS report. Britney Spears, Farah Fawcett and then-California First Lady Maria Shriver have all been affected by HIPAA breaches in recent years. UCLA Health System in 2011 agreed to pay a $865,000 settlement for HIPAA breach allegations.
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