THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.
GENERAL – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Pennsylvania Agency of Nurses respects your confidentiality and privacy. We keep anything we learn about you confidential, and we have policies and procedures in place that protect your personal health information.
COLLECTION & USE OF PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION
To provide services to you, we must collect information about you and your health care needs from you and from others (e.g., insurance companies, hospitals, physicians, family members, other caregivers). We may also share information about you and your health care needs with the members of our health care team, as well as physicians, hospitals, other healthcare providers, people involved directly in your care, insurance companies, and so forth. Here are some examples of how we may use your personal health information:
For other disclosures not related to your treatment, payment to Pennsylvania Agency of Nurses, or our general health care operations, we must have your signature on a specific authorization form. There are a few situations in which we may release information about your care without seeking your permission. These are all clearly defined in laws and government regulations, which we must follow. For example:
YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS
You have the right:
Photographs, videotapes, and digital or other images may need to be recorded to document your care. Pennsylvania Agency of Nurses retains ownership rights to these photographs, videotapes, and digital or other images. We will store them in a secure manner in order to protect your privacy. You have the right to view these images.
Pennsylvania Agency of Nurses uses reasonable means to protect the security and confidentiality of e-mail information that is sent and received. However, because of the risks outlined above, Pennsylvania Agency of Nurses cannot guarantee the security and confidentiality of the information.
We take the following precautions with e-mail containing confidential information.
Pennsylvania Agency of Nurses does not use e-mail to communicate sensitive medical information regarding sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS/HIV, mental health, developmental disabilities or substance abuse. If there are other types of information you do not wish to be transmitted via e-mail, please notify us as soon as possible.
Pennsylvania Agency of Nurses’ employees endeavor to read and respond to e-mails promptly. However, we recommend that you avoid e-mail for emergencies or time-sensitive matters.
CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE
On occasion we may need to update or change this Privacy Notice. Changes will be posted on our web site.