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Privacy Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet for Protecting Your Health Information

What health information is protected from unlawful disclosure
  • Information your doctors, nurses and other health care providers put in your medical record.
  • Conversations between your doctors and care teams about your care and treatment.
  • Information about you in your health insurer’s computer system.
  • Billing information about you at your medical clinic or hospital.
  • Any other information held by those who must follow HIPAA and the Privacy Rule.
Organizations not governed by HIPAA and the Privacy Rule
  • Life insurers
  • Employers
  • Workers compensation carriers
  • Schools and school districts
  • State Agencies like Child Protective Services
  • Law enforcement
  • Government offices
You, as a patient, have the right to:
  • Ask for and obtain a copy of your medical record. Fees may apply.
  • Have corrections made to your medical record.
  • Receive notice and give permission about how your health information may be used and/or shared.
  • Obtain notice about when and why your health information was shared for certain purposes.
  • File a complaint with your provider or health insurer if any of these rights are denied or your health information is compromised.
  • File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services if any of these rights are denied or your health information is compromised.
Without your written approval, health providers and health insurers cannot:
  • Share your health information with your employer.
  • Use or share your health information for marketing, media and in-house publicity, advertising or other promotional purposes, and/or fund-raising or research purposes.
  • Share private notes about your health care.
Types of security threats faced today by health care providers
  • Hacker and disgruntled employee abuse.
  • Untrained personnel mishandling.
  • Exploitation by people not have a “need to know”.
  • Unplanned power outages.
  • Burglary and theft.
  • Fire, flood and other natural disasters.
In the event a patient’s health information is compromised, Henry Ford will:
  • Notify the patient(s) within 60 days of learning about the situation.
  • Conduct a thorough investigation to determine what happened, how it happened, the number of patients affected and what patient health information was affected.
  • Set up a toll-free telephone number to answer patient questions and concerns.
  • Take correction action, which includes suspension and termination.
  • Adhere to all federal regulations as outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and Privacy Rule

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