I just got a survey call from an unknown company, phone number out of Flagstaff, Arizona. The object of the survey was blood glucose monitoring equipment.
Yes, I’m “out” with my diabetes – and most folk here are, to varying degrees, as well. But… this is the sort of information that I would consider to be limited to my doctor, my pharmacist, and my health insurance company. Right?
OK, and any company I’ve gone through to get a free meter…
So, who’s calling me for a survey? Doctor wouldn’t be concerned about that. Pharmacy? I doubt CVS needs to conduct a market survey to find which strips its customers use. Health insurance company? Maybe. Meter manufacturer? Only if it’s a meter company I’ve given any information, I hope. If it’s any other party, though, I have some serious issues.
I spoke with the agent’s supervisor and got the contact over at the company (TARP) that is conducting the surveys. The contact was not in when I called (not surprising given the hour), but I left voicemail.
FWIW, when I said my primary meter was a Freestyle Flash, the survey closed itself out. So… no further information from there. Maybe because I let her know of all of my meters? Doubt it.
Anyway, if you’re concerned about medical information privacy, here’s something else to consider.