California Hospital Fined Over Octuplet Mom's Records Breach

California health officials have fined a hospital where employees illegally accessed medical records for octuplet mother Nadya Suleman.

Kaiser Permanente spokesman Jim Anderson said Thursday the $250,000 fine was not expected after the hospital reported the privacy violations itself to the state and fired 15 workers in March.

Suleman, a single mother of 14, gave birth to her octuplets on Jan. 26 at Kaiser's hospital in Bellflower, about 17 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

The investigation into the privacy breach began in February, and Kaiser said it does not appear any of the information was leaked to the public.

Anderson says the state's report found that the hospital did not do enough to prevent the privacy breaches, though the hospital did warn workers to stay away from Suleman's files.

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  • by CONCERNED MOM on May 17, 2009 at 06:27 PM
  • by hope Location: nc on May 15, 2009 at 09:33 PM
    I agree with Mary.
  • by jojo on May 15, 2009 at 09:09 PM
    oh please enough of octo mom!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on May 15, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    I just want money, support, and everyone to love me as much as I love myself. Oct.Mom
  • by To Anon on May 15, 2009 at 01:39 PM
    Your records are actually more safe electronically than on paper. Electronic medical records systems keep tabs on who has accessed each patient record. Like an electronic paper trail. Paper charts on the other hand, well, you could just sit there and pleasure read them all day if you wanted to. There is no way of knowing who saw what.
  • by Mary Location: North Carolina on May 15, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    Regardless that I think the Octomom is a total nut, she still is entitled to have her medical information kept confidential. Folks in the hospital are only allowed to view information on a need to know basis. I'm thankful to hear the workers that breached the confidentility laws was disciplined.
  • by Jim Location: SC on May 15, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    1. What on earth could have possibly been leaked that the news media hasn't already plastered all over the tabloids? 2. This wanna be has already been going after the money. I guess she's discovered another possible source of income to try to go after...
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    This just goes to prove that no one's records are safe. This could and probably does happen more than we know. Do you know who has looked at your medical records? Is there any way to find out who has accessed them? Once they are all on computers, nothing in your records will be private. Don't want others to know, don't talk to your doctor about it as it will be put in your record.
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on May 15, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    Ok now she is still going after the money.This wanna be needs to get a life.
  • by J Location: Gville on May 15, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    What does it matter if people saw the files. This psycho has platered herself all over the news for money, why would she be complaining now? PLEASE.

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