The fax machine is health care’s primary mode of communication between hospitals and physicians and (to a lesser extent) payers. Seriously. Stop laughing. And read this story in The Tennessean:
Doctors’ offices in Tennessee have been accidentally sending patient information, including Social Security numbers and medical histories, to an Indiana businessman’s fax machine for the past three years.
Keith has tried to correct the problem with the state and doctors’ offices but to no avail. He even called the governor’s office. State officials say they have contacted the doctors’ offices and told them to be sure to use the correct fax number.