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Florida Hospitals, "40 pages" of medical histories, mis-dialed fax

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — The private medical information for hundreds of people ended up at a Seminole County airplane parts business. The information was about patients at Florida Hospital East and Florida Hospital Altamonte. It included hundreds of names, birth dates, social security numbers and medical diagnosis information.

The 40-page fax included appointment information for several hundred patients, and the records were not limited to the Altamonte facility. Some of the patients were scheduled at what appears to be Florida Hospital East Orlando.

Leser said, when he found the fax on his machine, he tried to call a HIPPA hotline to report medical privacy breaches.

“I called the hotline and they told me they were not interested,” Leser explained.

And, he said, Florida Hospital staffers said they’d pick up the paper, but they never came.

The documents said on the top to use discretion in disseminating this information. Florida Hospital said they’re investigating the information lapse, but don’t yet know where the fax originated.

(From “Private, Personal Medical Info Faxed To Wrong Location” at WFTV, Via R S Heuman in Risks-23.90.)