Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, the hospital in West Hollywood where many of the rich and famous go for treatment, has fired six staff after 14 patient records were "inappropriately accessed."
It's the medical facility where new parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West spent thousands on receiving exclusive care ahead of daughter North West's birth, but now Cedars-Sinai has had to admit that patient security was breached on 14 separate occasions by unauthorised staff between 18th-24th June, all six of whom have now been fired. All patients whose details were accessed have been notified.
Kim Kardashian Gave Birth At Cedars-Sinai Hospital.
The LA Times reports that of the six staff who were fired for improperly accessing patient records, "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."
Although no details of those whose records has been accessed was disclosed by the hospital, TMZ.com has allegedly learned that Kim Kardashian was one of the patients who had her records "improperly accessed" after she gave birth on 15th June.
Reacting to the breach, Kim is apparently happy that she was contacted and that those responsible have been dealt with. TMZ.com's sources say that Kim and her family were suspicious that there was an information leak in the hospital after reports surfaced in the media regarding birth details of baby daughter North that they hadn't told anyone.
Kanye West's Daughter North And Partner Kim Were Involved In The Hospital Security Breach.
Three physicians at the hospital have admitted to sharing their log-in details with other members of staff, violating hospital policy and giving access to confidential records. Five of the staff who were fired looked at one record each but one of the workers reportedly saw 14. They have all been permanently barred from the hospital's records, even if they find work in medical facilities elsewhere.
According to The Huffington Post, LA hospitals historically have had to deal with the challenge of protecting confidential records of famous patients despite curious staff and tabloids attempting to bribe hospitals workers into disclosing information, with Californian Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger signing a law in 2008 that fines health facilities for such violations of privacy.