HIPAA and Patient Privacy Information
UW Health is committed to honoring and promoting the regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. HIPAA was enacted in part to maintain the privacy of patients' medical and personal information by creating national standards to protect individuals' medical records and other personal health information.
In short, HIPAA ensures you have control over your health information by setting boundaries on the use and release of these records. HIPAA establishes appropriate safeguards that health care providers and others must achieve to protect the privacy of health information and generally limits release of information to the minimum reasonably needed for the purpose of the disclosure.
Our Pledge to You
In accordance with this legal requirement, UW Health pledges to:
Notify patients about their privacy rights and how their information can be used
Continue implementing privacy procedures for its practice and hospital
Train employees so that they understand and abide by the privacy procedures
We have prepared two documents that outline our policies regarding your medical records - a two-page privacy practice summary and a complete, five-page document detailing our privacy standards. The documents are available in PDF format in the "Related Resources" section on this page. We have also included a link to a frequently asked questions page for your quick reference.