Health Care

Miami-Dade patient information compromised

About 150 clients of the Florida Department of Health’s Children’s Medical Services program in Miami-Dade may have had their personal information compromised after vendors were faxed a clinic roster containing names, birth dates and membership numbers, agency officials reported Friday.

Health department officials said that no Social Security numbers, bank accounts or credit card information were compromised. But federal patient privacy laws require healthcare providers to issue a notice to patients whenever personal healthcare information is disclosed without prior authorization.

The breach occurred when four vendors that provide services to the CMS-Miami Orthopedic Clinic at Jackson Memorial Hospital were faxed the clinic rosters. Health department officials reported that the vendors assured the immediate destruction of the information, reducing the likelihood of disclosure.

Health department officials said they will train staff members to prevent future occurrences. CMS-Miami patients who have questions about the breach report should call 866-831-9017.