Privacy Snafu At Kardashian Hospital Exposes HIPAA Hazards

By Jeff Overley (July 16, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT) -- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's forceful crackdown last week on privacy breaches after reality television star Kim Kardashian gave birth will be a model for the industry, but the incident also provides a high-profile example of health care providers making it too easy for unscrupulous employees to snoop, experts say.

Six staffers were terminated after the hospital discovered they had pried into patient records from June 18 to June 24, likely running afoul of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Though Cedars-Sinai said that the activities didn't appear to warrant criminal charges, it vowed to notify law enforcement "out of an abundance...

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