Bank runs out of patience over patients

Banks are good at keeping things private. Your money, your information, and so on — their whole purpose is to take care of your stuff and keep it yours and yours alone.

That is the one redeeming element out of this story in this morning’s Boston Herald. It seems that somehow a wrong phone number has been programmed into one of their fax machines, and hospital employees have been cheerfully sending confidential patient admitting records — containing names, addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth, insurance carrier, blood types, room assignments, religions, blood types, and medical test results — including STDs — to somebody they shouldn’t.

Namely, an investment bank.

The bank (who is, thankfully, not named) immediately called the hospital to alert them about this. The hospital was shocked and promised to fix the situation immediately.

That was six months ago, and still every week they get all this information on women who have just given birth at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

A representative of the bank says that she’s personally shredded all 30 of the faxes they’ve received, and called the hospital a dozen times. But they still keep coming. Finally, in frustration, she contacted the Boston Herald, hoping a little adverse publicity will get more results than her private phone calls.

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