By Charles Ornstein
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 5, 2008
Even after UCLA Medical Center warned employees that it was cracking
down on unauthorized access to medical records, the privacy of a
"well-known individual" was breached by two nurses and an emergency room
technician who called up the patient's computerized records in
mid-April, according to a critical state report released Monday.
The California Department of Public Health also found that nearly twice
as many medical center employees as had previously been reported peeked
at confidential medical records at UCLA. Nearly 60 additional employees
gained improper access to records between January 2004 and June 2006,
the report said, bringing the total number of workers implicated in the
growing scandal to 127.
Monday's report was the fifth by the public health agency following
articles in The Times this year about UCLA employees' prying into the
records of celebrities and prominent patients, including California
First Lady Maria Shriver, actress Farrah Fawcett and singer Britney
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