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Rethinking the Use of Fax Machines

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

July 16, 2010

The practice of faxing medical information has come under scrutiny recently after reports that personal information had mistakenly been sent to incorrect recipients, prompting the NWT healthcare system to temporarily halt faxing all medical records. Northern News Services reports that faxing is permitted again after conversations among regional health authorities resulted in new safeguards surrounding the practice. Hay River Health and Social Services Authority CEO Sue Cullen said of the new policies, "It's just causing us to look at every piece of information that we send through with regard to the client."
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