Fifteen employees were fired for peeking at the medical records of octuplet mother Nadya Suleman, a Kaiser Permanente spokesman said Monday.
"We always provide training on the importance of patient privacy and confidentiality," said hospital rep Jim Anderson. "We knew from the time she was admitted to the hospital in December, this case would attract attention. Numerous training sessions were held to remind people of the need to keep the information confidential."
Eight other employees at the hospital in Bellflower, Calif., also were disciplined.
Anderson said there's no indication that any of the information was leaked to the media but that "this was human nature and curiosity that got the best of people."
Suleman, 33, has six of her eight babies at home in La Habra, Calif. (Baby number 7 is due home soon, but baby 8 may have to stay in the hospital for another month before he's healthy enough to leave.)