Talk about deal flow!
For whatever reason, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital has been faxing confidential medical records to a local investment bank for the past several weeks. The bank is not named in the article but I think it’s Northstar Global Partners.
According to the Boston Herald:
The records, called inpatient admission sheets, contain a plethora of sensitive data, including the women’s Social Security numbers, birth dates, home addresses, hospital room numbers, health insurance data, blood types, religion and occupations, the names of their doctors and hospital discharge data.
The records also include information about the newborn babies and whether the mother and baby tested positive or negative for several diseases, including chlamydia, syphilis and hepatitis B.
The bank has been shredding the faxes and has tried several times to stop them from coming, but to no avail. Once the Globe reporter started asking questions, the Brigham somehow managed to put a stop to the mess.
I wonder how many other people are getting this sort of information by mistake and not bothering to call the Brigham or the Herald.February 7, 2006