Yesterday, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where Kim Kardashian gave birth, released a statement that 14 patient records were "inappropriately accessed" between June 18 and June 24. Six people were fired 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. If those dates look familiar -- Kim delivered baby North on June 15 and checked out about a week later -- it's no coincidence ... TMZ is reporting that Kim's records were indeed accessed. Apparently, the hospital contacted her to let her know what had happened.
Sources tell TMZ that the Kardashians suspected information was leaking from the hospital after various media reports surfaced with certain information about the birth of her daughter North that she hadn't told anyone. Looks like they weren't just being paranoid, huh?
Kim was reportedly glad the hospital contacted her and is happy that action was taken against the workers. Geeze -- can't say I blame her!
Of course we're talking about someone who leads a very public life and who is -- for better or worse -- accustomed to her most private moments being tabloid fodder. But that doesn't mean her medical records, the details of her delivery are fair game. It's also disconcerting to ANY Cedars-Sinai patient -- famous or not -- that records were "inappropriately accessed." There are privacy standards hospitals must adhere to, especially hospitals in L.A. that have unfortunately become accustomed to frequent breaches of patient records -- particularly celebrity records.
In light of what happened, the hospital said it is providing more privacy training to physicians and adding extra "safeguards and redundancies" to the computer system's security. Let's hope so!
How do you feel about what happened here?
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