by Mike Masnick
Wed, Sep 30th 2009 12:44pm
Live in Tennessee? Thought the records at your doctor's office were private? You might want to check again. Michael Scott alerts us to the news that a bunch of doctors offices in Tennessee have been accidentally faxing patient records, including confidential info, to a small solar company in Indiana... for three years. Luckily, the guy on the receiving end says he's been shredding the records as they come in, but he's getting pretty damn frustrated. He's contacted tons of people, including the Governor of Tennessee, but no luck. The faxes keep coming. Apparently, the problem is that the phone number of the business is close to the one that doctors are supposed to use. Given the number of faxes, my guess is that it's not so much people mistyping it into their fax machines each time, but at some point there must have been a typo in a mailing or on a website or something. Of course, we won't even get started on why these record transfers are still handled by fax. That's another post for another day...
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