Your personal health information is YOUR information, and you are the best expert about yourself. Understanding your health history and your current health concerns, medications that you’re taking, allergies you may have, and obtaining access to any lab results, x-rays or medical screenings and tests is part of being the best advocate for yourself and your health care. Knowing how to access your health information can help you have the right conversations with your primary care provider, can help you set and track healthy goals and make better decisions with your provider. You are the most essential part of your health care team!
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA for short, is a government regulation that gives you the important right to see and get copies of your health information. HIPAA also sets standards for how your information is managed and protected to ensure your privacy. As a health care patient, you have many rights under HIPAA. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website provides more information about all of your patient rights and some frequently asked questions. There are also specific resources available on the HealthIT.gov website to learn more about your rights under HIPAA.
There are many ways that Fort HealthCare supports you in having access to your personal health information. There is no barrier to obtaining your information – but there are certain steps that must be taken to keep your personal health information protected and private, which is very important. Specific requests about your personal health records is managed through our Health Information Management (HIM) department. Here are several ways you can get your health information from Fort HealthCare:
Fort HealthCare believes that a patient who understands and participates in his or her healthcare will benefit to a greater extent than one who does not. We have a formal expression of our commitment to our patients in the form of the Patient’s Bill of Rights. This document also informs you of your responsibilities in the care process as a patient of Fort HealthCare. Please do not hesitate to discuss any concerns regarding your care or any aspect of your visit with the healthcare team. If you feel your needs are not adequately addressed, please contact the president at ext. 5401 or (920) 568-5401 and explain your concerns.
If you think your health information privacy rights have been violated in any way you have the right to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is also responsible for enforcing civil rights laws that apply to recipients that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age. Some laws may also protect against discrimination based on gender or religion. We’re serious about working with you to protect your health information and make sure you have access to it. Know your rights.