Doctors mistakenly fax patients' data to Indiana company

Chris Echegaray reports:

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.

The sensitive medical information was supposed to be sent to the Tennessee Department of Human Services, but Bill Keith, owner of SunRise Solar Inc. in Indiana, says hundreds of confidential medical faxes having been coming to him.


E-mails between the state and Keith from April 2008 show that the Department of Human Services knew about the fax issue.

Friday, DHS said it would start asking medical staff to send a test fax to the state and to program the correct number into their fax machines.


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