Air Force Tracks Dumped Records

by George Coryell and Vickie Chachere
Excerpt from The Tampa Tribune, July 16, 1999:p.5

Harvard Medical School Professor Harold J. Bursztajn, one of the nation's leading advocates for more medical privacy, said the mishandling of the MacDill records is a good example of what happens when patients aren't given control of their own records. Bursztajn believes that doctors should keep the bare minimum of records in their offices. The remainder of the material should be sent home with the patient.

"Once you start collecting records, there is no fail-safe system," he said.