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    Monday, April 14, 2003
    HIPAA Update II

    This is rich... our risk manager has informed us of the following curve ball regarding faxes: we can fax patient information, but only if we fax from a "white-paper fax machine" to another white-paper fax machine. In other words, it has to be a freestanding fax, not a computer program that can send and receive faxes... because with the latter, the information could possibly be left hanging out there in the Internet ether, and therefore is not privacy protected!

    So now we have to ascertain whether the receiving fax is a white-paper fax. This means we have to ask everyone this question before we fax anything anywhere.

    I have to go kill myself now. Bye.



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