The California Department of Public Health has fined five hospitals--one of them twice--for violations of patient privacy caused by employees.

California state law authorizes the fining of facilities and individuals, and disciplinary action against licensed professionals, for privacy violations. For instance, Kaiser Bellflower Hospital in Los Angeles was hit with fines of $187,500 and $250,000 in 2009 after multiple employees improperly accessed the records of octuplets mother Nadya Suleman and her children. At least 27 employees were disciplined, fired or resigned.

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