Health Information Management

Employees fired for viewing mother of eight's records

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 6, 2009

Snooping came back to haunt 15 Kaiser Permanente health system employees. The employees looked at the medical records of Nadya Suleman, of La Habra, CA, who is the mother of octuplets who has recently gained national fame, CNN reported March 30.

The employees’ snooping was a HIPAA privacy violation.

"We always provide training on the importance of patient privacy and confidentiality," Jim Anderson, the hospital spokesman, told CNN. "We knew from the time she (Nadya Suleman) was admitted to the hospital in December, this case would attract attention. Numerous training sessions were held to remind people of the need to keep the information confidential."

Read the full report on CNN.


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