Reports involving any type of medical treatment are considered confidential information and are protected by law. It is exempt from Florida State Statutes 119.01, Public Records Law; and protected under Florida State Statutes 401.30, Medical Transport Law; 401.2101, Emergency Medical Transportation Services Act; Public Law 104-191, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA); and Privacy Rule 45 CFR Part 160-164. These reports may be released only to the patient or an authorized representative or agent of the patient.
As per the St. Lucie County requirements the following items are required before any medical records can be released:
If the patient is a child under 18, a copy of the child's birth certificate or legal document stating guardianship is required along with the parent or legal guardian's photo ID.
If the patient is in someone else's care, a copy of a power of attorney is required.
If the patient is deceased (reports are released to the next of kin only), a copy of the death certificate identifying the next of kin and/or legal documents of estate representative are required, and a copy of the driver's license, legal photo identification, or attorney letter representing the estate of the requesting family member.
Mail completed record request to:
St. Lucie County Fire District
Attn: Records Dept.
5160 NW Milner Dr.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983