CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials at Roper St. Francis Hospital say the information of four patients was accidentally sent to the wrong number.
According to hospital officials, a fax containing the names of four patients, their dates of birth, dates of admission and insurance member ID numbers were faxed to the wrong number on Aug. 1, 2013.
Officials say the fax was supposed to be sent to an insurance company.
A press release states that hospital leaders learned of the incident this week.
The hospital released the following statement:
"Roper St. Francis is committed to protecting the privacy of patients. This week, Roper St. Francis leaders learned that on August 1, 2013, one fax intended for an insurance company was inadvertently sent to a wrong number. The information in the fax contained the names of four patients, their dates of birth, dates of admission and insurance member ID numbers. Roper St. Francis leaders have personally apologized to the patients involved. The mission at Roper St. Francis is to heal all patients with compassion, faith and excellence, and this includes protecting their private information as well."