Six Fired from Cedars-Sinai Hospital for Accessing Patient Data

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The Los Angeles Times reports that five employees and a student research assistant have been fired from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for inappropriately accessing 14 patient records between June 18 and June 24, 2013 (h/t Becker's Hospital Review).

Four were employees of doctors with medical staff privileges at the hospital, one was a medical assistant at the hospital, and one was an unpaid student research assistant. All six, according to the hospital, will be permanently denied access to Cedars-Sinai records.

Three doctors -- Sam Bakshian, Abraham Ishaaya and Shamim Shakibai -- had apparently given their user names and passwords to employees in violation of hospital policy, while a fourth employee had been given a separate user name and password in order to help with billing.

Cedars-Sinai chief privacy officer David Blake said in a statement that "unauthorized access to any patient's record is, quite simply, unacceptable."

TMZ reports that Kim Kardashian, who delivered her daughter at Cedars-Sinai on June 15, was one of the patients whose records were accessed.