The State of California fined Kaiser Permanente, $250,000 for its employees violating Nadya Suleman’s right to privacy when they accessed her medical records.
Suleman, gained international recognition when she gave birth to octuplets at Kaiser’s Bellflower facility on Jan. 26.
Not expecting to be reprimanded, because Kaiser Permanente reported the violations, spokesman Jim Anderson said:
…Kaiser reported the violations to the state and fired 15 employees in March. "Clearly, we share the concern" about patient privacy.
Anderson also claimed the hospital had warned its employees not to snoop into Suleman’s records.
According to a report by California’s Department of Public Health, the hospital did not do enough to prevent the violations.
Al Lundeen, spokesman for the state’s health department refused to comment, but said the agency has scheduled a press conference for today.