Cedars-Sinai snafu: Kim Kardashian birth nets six fired employees in records breach

CNN reports that Cedars-Sinai officials say that 14 patient medical records were ‘inappropriately accessed’ between June 18 and June 24. Reality television star Kim Kardashian gave birth to her daughter at the hospital on June 15.

Five workers and a student research assistant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have been fired over privacy breaches involving patient medical records.

Cedars-Sinai officials released a press statement outlining that 14 patient records were “inappropriately accessed” between June 18 and June 24.

The net result were six employees sacked over the breach: four were employees of community physicians who have medical staff privileges at the hospital, one was a medical assistant employed by Cedars-Sinai, and one was an unpaid student research assistant.

A hospital spokeswoman declined to identify the patients whose records were accessed but said that all patients involved had been notified of the breach.

Five of the workers accessed a single patient record; the other one looked at 14. The people involved will be permanently denied access to Cedars-Sinai records even if they go on to work for other health providers, the hospital said.

Cedars-Sinai officials said three community physicians — Dr. Sam Bakshian, Dr. Abraham Ishaaya, and Dr. Shamim Shakibai — had given their user names and passwords to employees in violation of hospital policy, and the employees used the log-ins to access confidential patient records.

David Blake, Cedars-Sinai’s chief privacy officer, said in a statement that the hospital has “a high standard for security” and that “unauthorized access to any patient’s record is, quite simply, unacceptable.”

 

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