Medical Information Privacy Notice
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
MyFreeDoctor.com is required to provide you with a copy of this privacy notice (“Notice”) as it details how we will protect the privacy of your health information. You also have certain rights in relation to your health information which this notice explains. Additionally, this Notice explains how we may use your health information & when we may disclose that information to others. MyFreeDoctor.com is required to abide by the terms of this notice.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) is a federal law which was enacted, in part, to ensure privacy protections to individuals when it comes to their healthcare. There may be other federal and state laws privacy laws which apply to you.
MyFreeDoctor.com, its employees, directors, officers, shareholders, contractors, business associates, agents, third-party contractors, licensors, and affiliates (sometimes referred to herein as “we”, “us” or “our”) shall follow this Notice.
In order to protect against risks, such as loss, destruction, or misuse of private information, MyFreeDoctor.com maintains physical, electronic and procedural security safeguards in handling and maintaining all information, in accordance with all applicable state and federal standards.
Information and Protected Health Information (“PHI”)
For the purposes of this Notice, the terms “information”, “PHI” or “health information” may be used interchangeably and shall include any information that we maintain that can reasonably be used to identify you and that relates to your physical or mental health condition, the provision of health care services to you, or the payment for such health care. PHI is defined by law to include any data created, received, stored or transmitted by any HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates in relation to the past present or future provision of healthcare, healthcare operations, and the payment of such healthcare services. Electronic health information is sometimes referred to as ePHI.
When it comes to your PHI, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities towards you. You have the right to:
Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record
Ask us to correct or amend your medical record
Request confidential communications
Ask us to limit or restrict what we use or share
Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information
Get a copy of this privacy notice
Choose someone to act for you
File a complaint
For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.
In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:
If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.
We will never share your PHI unless you give us prior written permission in the following situations:
Any written authorization provided by you for the use or disclosure of PHI may be revoked at any time and will be effective upon reasonable notice.
Our Uses and Disclosures
We have a right to use and disclose your PHI in the following ways:
We may, under limited circumstances, disclose your health information for other purposes, generally related to ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. Before any such disclosures are made, we must comply with all applicable legal requirements. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html. Examples may include:
For more information see:
Compliance with Certain State Laws
When we use or disclose your PHI as described in this Notice, or when you exercise certain of your rights set forth in this Notice, we may apply state laws about the confidentiality of health information in place of federal privacy regulations. We do this when these state laws provide you with greater rights or protection for your PHI. For example, some state laws dealing with mental health records may require your express consent before your PHI could be disclosed in response to a subpoena. Another state law prohibits us from disclosing a copy of your record to you until you have been discharged from our hospital. When state laws are not in conflict or if these laws do not offer you better rights or more protection, we will continue to protect your privacy by applying the federal regulations.
Additional Restrictions on Use and Disclosure
Certain federal and state laws may require special privacy protections that restrict the use and disclosure of certain health information, including highly confidential information about you. “Highly Confidential Information” may include confidential information under Federal laws governing alcohol and drug abuse information and genetic information as well as state laws that often protect the following types of information: (i) HIV/AIDS; (ii) mental health; (iii) genetic tests; (iv) alcohol and drug abuse; (v) sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive health information; and (vi) child or adult abuse or neglect, including sexual assault. If use or disclosure of health information described above in this Notice is prohibited or materially limited by other laws that may apply to us, it is our intent to meet the requirements of the more stringent law.
Should you need to contact MyFreeDoctor.com for any reason, including those regarding this Policy or any privacy concert, please contact us at: email@example.com
If you believe that MyFreeDoctor.com or anyone affiliated with MyFreeDoctor.com has misused any of your information, please contact us immediately to report such action.
This Notice is effective on July 27, 2020.