Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wrong FAX Number

Tennessee gave doctors wrong fax number in privacy breach
Patients' private medical records faxed out of state

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090929/NEWS01/909290346/Tennessee+gave+doctors+wrong+fax+number+in+privacy+breach


The Tennessee Department of Human Services said it accidentally sent the wrong fax number to 100 medical providers across the state, leading them to erroneously send sensitive patient information to an Indiana businessman.
"We're extremely embarrassed, and we're working to remedy the situation," said Michelle Mowery Johnson, spokeswoman for DHS. "We hope it doesn't happen again."

Miaoulis NOTE: The HITECH Breach Notification requirements could be enacted, however, it is unclear how each physician's office will comply with the regulations.

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