On floppy disk! Now thats the new trend within the Norwegian doctors? After having won the bidding process in 2014, the Stavanger-based firm Systor Vest got the responsibility to sort, store and letter post sensitive information.
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Since 2014, Systor Vest have sent out nearly 19,000 floppy disks to Norwegian GPs, said general manager Find Espen Gundersen.
The so called floppy disks are from a time when Amiga, Atari and Mac machines started to use the 3.5″ floppy disks. These floppy disks can however hold up to 1.44 megabytes. They do contain NAVs freshest patient lists, with patients name, address and identity number.
It could be so much worse!
To keep this GPs info on floppy disks, it all means that its not so easy to share it with the entire world and the fact that it’s impossible to get the information by hacking but you need to get them physically and who in the sense of everything would have the courage or interest in looking into 19,000 floppy disks? There are also floppys that could save 20MB on them and then you also have both ZIP and iOMEGA diskettes which is on both 100MB and 1GB in size. You also have the option to create these lists by using memory cards, but then again its easier to get lost? Yes this method is ancient, but it is also very secure compared having them on some sky saving option I think.