As Required By Law
We may use and disclose your health information when required to do so by federal, state or local law.
Judicial and Administrative Proceedings:
If you are involved in a legal proceeding, we may disclose your health information in response to a court or administrative order. We may also release your health information in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in the dispute.
Health Oversight Activities:
We may use and disclose your health information to health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, government benefit programs, compliance with government regulatory programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
Law Enforcement: We may disclose your health information, within limitations, to law enforcement officials for several different purposes:
- "To comply with a court order, warrant, subpoena, summons, or other similar process;
- "To identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person;
- "About the victim of a crime, if unable to obtain the victim's agreement;
- "About a death we suspect may have resulted from criminal conduct;
- "About criminal conduct we believe in good faith to have occurred on our premises; and
- "To report a crime, the location of a crime, and the identity, description and location of the individual who committed the crime, in an emergency situation.
Public Health Activities: We may use and disclose your health information for public health activities, including the following:
- "To prevent or control disease, injury, or disability;
- "To report births or deaths;
- "To report child abuse or neglect;
- "To report adverse events, product defects or problems;
- "To track FDA-regulated products;
- "To notify people and enable product recalls; and
- "To notify a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition.
Serious Threat to Health or Safety:
If there is a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person, we may use and disclose your health information to someone able to help prevent the threat.
If you are an organ donor, we may use and disclose your health information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye, or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank.
Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors:
We may use and disclose health information to a coroner or medical examiner. This disclosure may be necessary to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also disclose health information, as necessary, to funeral directors to assist them in performing their duties.
We may disclose your health information for workers' compensation or similar programs. These programs provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness.
Victims of Abuse, Neglect, or Domestic Violence:
We may disclose health information to the appropriate government authority if we believe a patient has been the victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence. We will only make this disclosure if you agree, or when required or authorized by law.
Military and Veterans Activities:
If you are a member of the Armed Forces, we may disclose your health information to military command authorities. Health information about foreign military personnel may be disclosed to foreign military authorities.
National Security and Intelligence Activities:
We may disclose your health information to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities authorized by law.
Protective Services for the President and Others:
We may disclose your health information to authorized federal officials so they may provide protective services for the President and others, including foreign heads of state. Inmates: If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may disclose your health information to the correctional institution or law enforcement official to assist them in providing you health care, protecting your health and safety or the health and safety of others, or for the safety of the correctional institution.
We may use and disclose your health information for certain limited research purposes. All research projects, however, are subject to a special approval process. This process evaluates a proposed research project, assesses a number of specific issues, and determines that appropriate privacy safeguards are in place to allow the use of health information in the research project. We may, however, disclose your health information to people preparing to conduct a research project; for example, to help them look for patients with specific medical needs, so long as the health information they review does not leave the practice.
Other Uses and Disclosures of Your Health Information:
Other uses and disclosures of your health information not covered by this Notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your authorization. If you authorize us to use or disclose your health Information, you may revoke that authorization, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your health information as specified by the revoked authorization, except to the extent that we have taken action in reliance on your authorization.