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Health Care Frequently Asked Questions

Health records are created anytime you visit a health professional such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, chiropractor, or psychiatrist. The following may be found in your health record:


Your medical history and your family’s medical history

Labs and x-rays

Medications prescribed

Alcohol use and sexual activity

Details about your lifestyle (smoking, exercise, recreational drug use, high-risk sports, stress levels)

Doctor/nurse notes

Results of operations and procedures; Genetic testing

Research participation

Driver’s License Information

Social Security Number

Financial information such as credit cards and payment info

Any information you provide on applications for disability, life or accidental insurance with private insurers or government programs

Many more people than you would ever want, including people outside the health care industry.

Insurance companies

Government agencies especially if you receive Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, SSI, Workers Comp or any local, state or federal assistance

Employers

Banks, Financial Institutions

Researchers

If you are involved in a court case, your health records can be subpoenaed and available to the public

Marketers

Drug companies

Data miners

Transcribers in and outside the U.S.

Many health websites collect information about you

Yes.

The Amended HIPAA Privacy Rule states that you must receive a Privacy Notice telling you how your personal health information will be used and disclosed. Section 164.520(c) (2) (i) (A).

Privacy Notices are often mistaken for consent forms, but they are simply notices telling you what will happen to your medical records.



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