Breach Shows Stricter Rules Are Needed
HEALTHCARE PRIVACYDecember 10, 2010
Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson is calling for tighter rules for faxing medical documents after a privacy breach last year where a change in a company's fax number resulted in 60 faxes containing private health information reaching the wrong recipients, CBC reports. He noted that "current policies and procedures do not address the issues that caused these breaches, and therefore are not likely to prevent a reoccurrence in the future." In general, he said, he is "underwhelmed" with what healthcare organizations have done to address potential fax problems, noting they must tighten the rules for sending faxes to avoid such breaches in the future.