Public health activities: We may disclose your information for purposes of public health or public health activities. These activities may include a government agency for the purpose of preventing or controlling a disease, injury, reporting child abuse or neglect, reporting to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning issues related to products or recalls, notifying of a person exposed to or at risk for spreading a communicable disease or other mandated reporting activities.
Required by law: We may use or disclose your protected health information to the extent that the use and disclosure is required by law. This use and disclosure will be made in compliance with the law.
Law enforcement or criminal activity: We may disclose your health information for certain law enforcement purposes including to comply with reporting requirements or report emergencies or suspicious deaths; to comply with a court order, warrant or similar law enforcement legal process; to identify or locate a suspect or missing person; or, to answer certain requests for information concerning crimes or suspected terrorist activity.
Judicial and administrative proceedings: We may disclose your health information in response to a court order or administrative order. We may also disclose information for a subpoena, discovery request or other law process. Efforts will be made to contact you about these requests or to obtain an order of agreement protecting the information.
Research: Your health information may be used for research purposes, but only if the privacy aspects of the research have been reviewed and approved by a special Privacy Board or Institutional Review Board and if the Researcher is collecting information in preparing for a research proposal, if the research occurs after your death or if you authorize the use and disclosure.
Worker’s Compensation: We may use or disclose your information to comply with laws related to workman’s compensation programs or similar programs.
Reporting of victims of abuse, neglect or domestic violence: If we believe that you have been a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence we may use and disclose your protected health information to notify a government authority, if allowed by law or if you agree to this use and disclosure.
National security: We may disclose health information to authorized federal officials conducting national security and/or intelligence activities as needed to protect the public, in the performance of their authorized duties.
Inmates: We may use or disclose your health information to the correctional institution or the authorized official who you are under the custody of.
Serious threats to health or safety: When necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health or safety or the health and safety of the public, we may use of disclose your protected health information, limiting the use and disclosure to an entity which is able to help lessen or prevent the threatened harm.
Business Associates: We provide some services through business associates. We may disclose your protected health information to our business associates so that they can perform services/activities which we have asked them to. To protect your health information, all business associates are required to follow the same rules to assure your information’s privacy and security.
Your authorization is required for other uses of your protected health information (PHI)
Except as described in this notice or as prescribed by state and/or federal law, we will use and disclosure health information only with written authorization. While we are allowed to use or disclosure health information for treatment, payment and healthcare operations as well as other specific purposes permitted by law, an authorization must specify other particular uses or disclosures that you allow us to release your PHI information. For example your authorization will be required for use or disclosure of psychotherapy notes, for uses and disclosures for marketing purposes, including subsidize treatment communications, for the sale of your protected health information or for other reasons that are not described. You may also revoke and authorization to use or disclose health information, in writing, at any time. If you read folk and authorization, we will no longer use or disclosure health information for purposes covered by that authorization except where we have already relied on your authorization.