May 2008
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Medical Record Snooping on the Rise

Apparently, snooping around in medical records as opposed to stealing them is also on the rise as 14 more people affiliated with UCLA Medical Center are discovered trying to find out about their favorite celebrity, both inside and out. According to information contained in a recent report by the California Department of Public Health, which was cited in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, the number of current and former UCLA Medical Center workers implicated in the snooping has risen to 68.

One of the biggest offenders of the criminally curious not only looked at the records of friends and peers, but also celebrities such as Britney Spears and Farrah Fawcett. More than 13 others at UCLA peeked at Spears' medical records between July 2006 and May 2007 according to state inspectors. The longtime UCLA administrative specialist who tops the list in snooping was found to have a history of improperly accessing records and ultimately resigned after the latest incidents, which were brought to light by a complaint from Fawcett. The administrative specialist, who says she was just being nosy, was recently indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly selling information to the news media. UCLA officials have appointed a committee to review privacy policies, institute staff retraining and improve computer systems to increase security.

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