Physician office sends patient data to wrong fax number…for 3 years
Posted Sep 28 2009 10:13pm
A Tennessee physician practice apparently sent out hundreds of faxes to a wrong fax number, breaching the privacy of likely hundreds of patients over the course of 3 years. Lots of questions about this one, like the obvious one: why wasn’t this remedied after the first error?
This is a huge HIPAA violation, and should serve as a reminder to make sure procedures are in place to verify and cross-check fax numbers and all other addressed material for all patient-related communications.
“This is a total breach of privacy,” Keith said. “This is supposed to be confidential, and it just so happens we have some scruples here and wouldn’t do anything with that information. We’ve shredded them, but you can have a file an inch thick in no time.”