Standards for Privacy and Protected Health Information
Protecting your health information is your right and our responsibility. Our Notice of Health Information Privacy Practices explains how we work together to ensure your privacy.
According to the federal law named “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” (HIPAA), you have rights concerning your health information. Only individuals with a legitimate “need to know” may access patient information. Protected health information may be released to other health care providers without your authorization if it is used for treatment, payment, health care operations, or as permitted by state and federal laws. Release of protected health information other than for treatment, payment, and health care use requires your authorization.
The staff at Dickinson County Healthcare System respects your privacy and confidentiality. At admission time you will be asked to provide the name of a person that your nurse can talk to about your care and progress. Information and progress updates are not routinely given out over the phone. If a person not identified by you as a contact person calls the nursing unit asking for information about you, they are directed to contact you or a family member for information.
For a complete copy of our HIPAA privacy rights please ask your nurse or contact our Privacy Officer.
Dickinson County Healthcare System is committed to providing you with quality health care information. We also respect your privacy. Dickinson County Healthcare System will not share or sell any personally identifiable information that you submit to our Web site to any company, organization or person outside of Dickinson County Healthcare System. Any information that you voluntarily provide to us, such as, but not limited to, your name and e-mail address, will only be used to provide you with information that you have specifically requested.
This Web site contains links to other Web sites. Dickinson County Healthcare System is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.
The health care information contained in www.dchs.org and Web sites to which Dickinson County Healthcare System is linked is general, and not intended to be a substitute for health care information and instructions provided to you by your physician or health care provider. Dickinson County Healthcare System assumes no responsibility or liability for the general health care information made available on our Web site or Web sites to which Dickinson County Healthcare System is linked.