Kaiser Fined for Celebrity Breach
On Friday the California Department of Public Health announced an administrative penalty of $250,000 against Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Hospital for failing to prevent unauthorized access to octuplet mom Nadya Suleman’s medical records. According to CDPH, 21 employees and two physicians improperly viewed Suleman’s medical records.
The penalty is the first under California’s strict new privacy laws, which went into effect January 1. The $250,000 fine was the maximum allowed.
Kaiser first reported the breach back in April, when it disciplined and fired employees for accessing Suleman’s records. The CDPH investigation announced Friday involved the facility only. Under a separate law, the state may seek prosecution against the individuals themselves.