October 30, 2008

Hospital Record Snooping Tops 1,000

The number of patients whose hospital records were improperly accessed by UCLA Hospital System employes has topped 1,000, state officials say.

Kathleen Billingsley, director of the California Department of Public Health's Center for Healthcare Quality, said the records of 1,041 patients have been breached, up from 939 in the state's last report in August, The Los Angeles Times reported.

This was the sixth and final report issued by the health agency after a Times series of articles about the prying into records of celebrities and prominent patients, including California First Lady Maria Shriver, actress Farrah Fawcett and singer Britney Spears.