Thursday, April 02, 2009
Making These People Government Employees Would Help (Themselves)
Kaiser fires 15 workers for snooping in octuplet mom's medical records:
    A Kaiser Permanente hospital located in a Los Angeles suburb has fired 15 employees and reprimanded eight others for improperly accessing the personal medical records of Nadya Suleman, the California woman who gave birth to octuplets in January.

    The unauthorized accessing of Suleman's electronic records at the medical center in Bellflower, Calif., violated a California law designed to safeguard the privacy of health care data, according to Kaiser spokesman Jim Anderson, who said the snooping incidents have been reported to the California Department of Public Health.
Ah, yes, practices, procedures, and laws. They don't prevent this sort of petty violations of privacy. And they won't when the data is stored in a very large government database to which every petty bureaucrat will have access.

But they give the legislators a nice, warm cover when they make it all possible.

To say Noggle, one first must be able to say the "Nah."