Legally Designated or Personal Representatives: Certain minors and incapacitated adults may have legally designated or personal representatives that act on their behalf for health care matters. Our agency may disclose health information about you to these legally designated or personal representatives. These individuals may be able to act on the person’s behalf and exercise the person’s privacy rights. If we have a reason to believe an individual poses a past or future harm to the person, we may elect not to treat the individual as a person’s personal representative.
Health Oversight Activities: We may disclose health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law, such as audits; civil, administrative or criminal investigations, proceedings or actions; inspections; licensure or disciplinary actions; or other activities necessary for appropriate oversight as authorized by law. We will not disclose your health information if you are the subject of an investigation and your health information are not directly related to your receipt of health care or public benefits.
Research Purposes: Under certain conditions, we may use or disclose your health information to researchers, when their research has been approved by an institutional review board or privacy board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your protected health information. We may use or disclose your health information to prepare for a research project. In other cases, we will only disclose health information pursuant to your authorization.
Qualified Service Organization/Business Associates: We may disclose health information to a qualified service organization or our business associates, with whom we contract to perform services on our behalf. For example, if a provider dictates a report on your care, we may use a transcription company with which we have a contract to type the report.
Public Health Activities: We may disclose your health information for public health activities. These activities generally include disclosures to: a public health authority authorized by law to collect information to prevent or control disease, injury, or disability, such as reporting disease, injury, and vital events (births, deaths, etc.), including mandated registries, or for public health surveillance, investigations, and interventions; a person responsible for federal Food and Drug Administration (?FDA?) activities for purposes related to the quality, safety, or effectiveness of FDA-regulated products or activities; a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition, as authorized by law; or an employer about an employee, in certain situations.
Victims of Abuse, Neglect or Domestic Violence: We may disclose health information about an individual we reasonably believe to be the victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence to a government authority authorized by law to receive such reports. We will make the disclosure if the individual agrees to the disclosure. We will also make the disclosure if the disclosure is required by law. If the disclosure is authorized by law, but not required, then we will disclose the information as long as the individual agrees or if we believe the disclosure is necessary to prevent harm to the individual or other potential victims.
Law Enforcement Activities: We may disclose health information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official: as required by laws that require reporting of certain types of wounds; in response to court orders, warrants, summons, grand jury subpoenas, certain administrative requests, or similar processes; to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person (but we will give only limited information); about the victim of a crime in certain circumstances; about a death we suspect may be the result of criminal conduct; about criminal conduct on our premises; and in emergencies, to report a crime, the location of the crime or victims, or the identity, description, or location of the person who committed the crime.
Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors: We may release health information to a medical examiner or coroner as necessary, or required, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We also may release health information about individuals to funeral directors so they can perform their duties.
Organ and Tissue Donations: We may release health information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye, or tissue transplants or to an organ donation bank, as required and needed for organ or tissue donation and transplants.
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety: We may use and disclose your health information when we reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent a serious threat to the health and safety of you, the public, or another person. The disclosure would be only to someone who is likely to help prevent the threat.
Workers Compensation: We may disclose health information about you for workers compensation or similar programs.
National Security, Intelligence Activities, and Protective Services: We may disclose health information about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, special investigations, and other national security activities authorized by law and so they may protect the President or other authorized persons.
Military Personnel: If you are a member of the armed forces, then we may release health information about you as required by your military command authorities.
Inmates: If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under custody of a law enforcement official, then we may disclose health information about you to the correctional institution or a law enforcement official.
Incidental Disclosures: Certain incidental disclosures of your health information may occur as a by-product of permitted uses and disclosures. For example, a roommate may inadvertently overhear a discussion about your care if you share a room.
Limited Data Sets: We may disclose limited health information, contained in a limited data set, to certain third parties for research, public health, and health care operations. Before disclosing limited data sets, we will contract with the recipient to limit the recipient’s use and disclosure of this information.
De-identified Information: We may use and disclose health information that reasonably has been de-identified by removing certain identifiers (such as name and address) making it unlikely that you could be identified.