INFORMATION REQUIRED TO BE PROTECTED.
- The privacy of all medical records and other individually identifiable health information must be protected at all times. Information relating to a patient’s health care history, diagnosis, condition, treatment, or evaluation shall be considered individually identifiable health information. Confidentiality of this health information must be maintained at all times, and may only be disclosed with the express written consent of the patient.
- Non-individually identifiable health information, (e.g. health information that cannot be linked to a specific patient) is not included within the definition of protected health information.
BOUNDARIES ON HEALTH INFORMATION USE AND RELEASE.
- An individual’s health information can be used for health purposes only.
- Protect individually identifiable health information. Trusted Women’s Health Center shall not publish or otherwise make generally available any information or data that identifies a patient for purposes other than treatment, payment or other health care operations, without his or her express written consent. This does not restrict the internal use of such information or data that is required in the performance of the scope of work thatTrusted Women’s Health Center has been engaged to perform for a client.Trusted Women’s Health Center also maintains physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect individually identifiable health information.Trusted Women’s Health Center is always assessing those safeguards and shall make ongoing improvements to maintain and enhance our level of security for individually identifiable health information.
- Ensure that health information is not used for non-health purposes. Patient information can be used or disclosed only for purposes of health care treatment, payment, and operations. Health information cannot be used for purposes not related to health care without explicit authorization from the patient. For example,Trusted Women’s Health Center may not access the personal health information obtained by aTrusted Women’s Health Center affiliate for any purpose other than to perform the services, for which we were engaged, unless Trusted Women’s Health Center first obtains the explicit authorization of the patient.
- Maintain health information in a manner to protect confidentiality. All individually identifiable health information shall be maintained byTrusted Women’s Health Center in a confidential manner that prevents unauthorized or inadvertent disclosure to third parties. For example,Trusted Women’s Health Center may share confidential information with a third party under contract or affiliated withTrusted Women’s Health Center for the same purpose of performing the services for which we were engaged, provided that the information shall remain confidential at all times and shall be shared with only those persons that have authority to receive such information.
PENALTIES FOR MISUSE OF PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION
There are serious penalties for violation of the confidentiality of health information. Please be advised of the following:
- State Penalties. Various state laws impose criminal and civil penalties on individuals who misuse or disclose individually identifiable health information without explicit consent by the patient.
- Federal Penalties. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a piece of federal legislation that directly addresses the protection of confidential health information. HIPAA provides for civil money penalties up to $25,000 per person, per year for violations of patient confidentiality. HIPAA also provides for federal criminal penalties.
- Trusted Women’s Health Center. Any employee who violates the privacy and confidentiality of patient health information, through disclosure or otherwise, may be subject to disciplinary action, including termination of his or her employment with Trusted Women’s Health Center.
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Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en
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When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.
The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.
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