The taxpayer-backed NHS has suffered another fine from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for outing patients' private information to the wrong people. The Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust was slapped with a £90,000 ($142,000) penalty after the "serious breach of the Data Protection Act" that saw the trust …
Any company that still uses those things (for reasons other than communicating with other backward companies) is obvioulsy never gonna get the hang of that fancy newfangled data protection and security malarky
The trust had been faxing patient lists
To where? The 1980's?
Ah, government entities
Still a mainstay in the fax world. Schools still fax orders too.
It takes them years to catch up and start using other methods to send things.
Why, oh, why do they find the service which will only impact on patients instead of fining the humans who screwed up ?
ICO not Europe
Where does this money go to? according to the ICO website it is a UK agency i.e. not Brussels banksters.
I got a fax of someones full records sent to a Fax machine I keep hooked up for the lulz
I faxed back 'wrong phone number, please check', all nice and lovely
Got a page faxed back telling me it was all my fault and what the hell was I doing being anonymous
Do I get the monies?
Well, someone did.
"The fact that this information was sent to the wrong recipient for three months without anyone noticing makes this case all the more worrying.”
"That person eventually told Blighty's health service that they had been receiving the lists and had shredded them."
NHS, stop dong silly things with data.
ICO, stop fining the population for the NHS' error.
I know I say this on each of these stories, but it's getting silly now.
I still can't rememebr a private company that El Reg has reported being fined by the ICO, it's always either a local authority or the NHS.
What's that spurious conversion to a foreign currency (possibly USD) doing there? Why have you not mentioned the equivalence to, say, 18,065,110.88 Icelandic kronur?
That really, REALLY helps,
slapping a fine on the always-short-on-money NHS.
The only outcome is, that there's 90 grand less to go around for the patients.
And the nitwit who did it...
Enter The Beautiful South: 'carry on regardless'
I can beat this
I was once faxed a full transcript and evidence for an employee disciplinary hearing. Apparently this Orange store employee was considered to have violated some purchasers privacy. I nearly died of irony.
And all patient data to be online by 2015!!
Faxing still very much in use
My Trust faxes all letters to GPs - albeit automagically to pre-programmed numbers. In the great scheme of things, probably reasonably safe, and quick.
What is annoying is the way that Trusts which have adopted NHS.net email forbid all patient identifiable email to nhs.uk addresses. And the fact that although GPs get my email address on all my clinic letters, and can email me, there's no way in which I can email GPs about my patients - I have to dictate letters to them which are transcribed and faxed (see above).
Quite a few other IT things are annoying too. But other things are improving.
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