Published July 14, 2013
The West Hollywood hospital where Kim Kardashian had baby North has reportedly fired half-a-dozen employees for hacking patients’ medical records, including those of the reality TV star.
The Los Angeles Times reported four of the dismissed Cedars-Sinai Hospital workers were employees of physicians in possession of medical staff privileges at the facility. One was a medical assistant employed by the hospital and one was an unpaid, student research assistant.
Five of the workers accessed a single patient’s record, while the remaining one viewed 14 such files, according to The Times. The security breaches reportedly occurred between June 18 and June 24. Kardashian had her baby -- rapper Kanye West is the father -- on June 15.
The Times cites a Cedars-Sinai Hospital spokeswoman as both declining to identify exactly whose records were hacked, and also saying the victims were duly notified by the hospital about the breach.
Meanwhile, TMZ reports exclusively that Kardashian told the website she was, indeed, contacted by the hospital, regarding a breach of security and protocol related to her medical records.
Sources told the website the phone call from Cedars-Sinai confirmed Kardashian family suspicions there were leaks originating from the hospital, since various media reports regarding her newborn contained publicly un-released information about the top-secret birth.
Kardashian was reportedly happy to hear from the hospital regarding the security breach, according to TMZ, and glad about the dismissals.
In its Sunday story regarding the Cedars-Sinai dismissals, The Times references a similar, 2008 scandal at UCLA Health System, in which workers reportedly “snooped into the medical records of Britney Spears, Farah Fawcett, and Maria Shriver, among others.”
One former UCLA Health System worker, according to The Times, was even convicted of selling medical fodder to celebrity media outlets, including the National Enquirer. UCLA reportedly agreed to pay $865,500 as part of a related settlement with federal regulators regarding the hacks.
Meanwhile, The Times notes that Bellflower Hospital workers, years ago, hacked the medical records of Nadya Suleman, the noted “Octomom,” leading state regulators to levy a $250,000 fine.