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Keeping Up With the Kardashians Is NOT a Defense Under HIPAA

Written by Dianne Bourque

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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Karen S. Lovitch

Member / Chair, Health Law Practice

Karen S. Lovitch is a Mintz attorney who represents health care companies in regulatory, transactional, and operational matters. She advises them on health care regulations such as the Stark Law and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988.
Dianne J. Bourque advises health care clients on licensure, regulatory, contractual, risk management, and patient care matters for Mintz. Dianne counsels researchers and research sponsors on FDA and OHRP regulations. She also counsels clients on data privacy issues, including HIPAA standards.