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Keeping Up With the Kardashians Is NOT a Defense Under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The LA Times recently reported the firing of six workers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in connection with the unauthorized access to patient medical records.  The firings occurred in the days following the birth of reality TV show personality Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West’s baby, although the hospital has not confirmed the identities of the affected patients.  The incident demonstrates the need for vigilance in maintaining the security of records that are subject to public curiosity and value to the paparazzi.  The incident also demonstrates – remarkably – that there is information about Kim Kardashian that is not public. 

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Dianne advises a variety of health care clients on a broad range of issues, including licensure, regulatory, contractual, and risk management matters, and patient care. As former in-house counsel to an academic medical center, a large part of her practice involves counseling researchers and research sponsors in matters related to FDA and OHRP regulated clinical research, including patient consent, access to and use of tissue and associated patient information, and the Institutional Review Board process. In addition, Dianne currently serves as a Vice Chair of AHLA's...

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