A comprehensive law governing how hospitals and health systems protect the privacy and confidentiality of their patients and patient information, known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), is in effect. This law explains your rights over your health information, including the right to get a copy of your information, make sure it is correct and know who has seen it.
Get It. You can ask to see or get a copy of your medical records and other health information. If you want a copy, you may have to put your request in writing and pay for the cost of copying and mailing.
Check It. You can ask to change any wrong information or add information to your file if you think something is missing or incorrect. Even if the hospital believes the test result is correct, you still have the right to have your disagreement noted in your file.
Know who has seen it. By law, your health information can be used and shared for specific reasons not directly related to your care, like making sure doctors give good care or reporting as required by state or federal law. In many of these cases, you can find out who has seen your health information. You can:
If you think your rights are being denied or your health information is not being protected, you have the right to file a complaint with Hoops Family Children's Hospital, your health insurer, or the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Learn more about HIPAA here.