By Jaikumar Vijayan
March 31, 2009
A Kaiser Permanente hospital located in a Los Angeles suburb has fired
15 employees and reprimanded eight others for improperly accessing the
personal medical records of Nadya Suleman, the California woman who gave
birth to octuplets in January.
The unauthorized accessing of Suleman's electronic records at the
medical center in Bellflower, Calif., violated a California law designed
to safeguard the privacy of health care data, according to Kaiser
spokesman Jim Anderson, who said the snooping incidents have been
reported to the California Department of Public Health.
The improper activities were discovered as a result of increased network
monitoring procedures that the hospital implemented in anticipation of
the huge public interest in Suleman following the birth of the
octuplets, Anderson said.
"We have known since she came into the hospital that at some point, this
would be a fairly widely reported story," he said, adding that Kaiser
also conducted extra training before Suleman was admitted to the
hospital to remind employees about the importance of keeping patient
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