Health Oversight Activities – For activities authorized by law; for example, audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights and privacy laws.
Public Health Activities – To prevent or control disease, injury or disability; to notify an individual who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition; to report births and deaths; to report the abuse or neglect of children, elders and dependent adults; to report reactions to medications or problems with products; to notify people of recalls of products they may be using.
Organ and Tissue Donation – To organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue donation and transplantation.
Research – For research that has been approved by an institutional review board that has reviewed the research proposal and established guidelines to ensure the privacy of your PHI.
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety – To prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another persona. Any disclosure, however, would only be to someone able to prevent the threat.
To a Correctional Institution – If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, I may release your PHI to the correctional institution or law enforcement official. The information released must be necessary for the institution to provide you with health care, protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others, or for the safety and security of the correctional institution.
Military and Veterans – If you are a member of the armed forces, I may release PHI about you as required by military command authorities. I may also release PHI about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority.
National Security and Intelligence Activities – to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, protections of the President or foreign heads of state and other national security activities authorized by law.
Government Programs Providing Public Benefits – To determine eligibility for or enrollment in a government funded health plan, such as Medicare or Medicaid.
Workers’ Compensation or Similar Programs – As authorized by law, relating to workers’ compensation programs.
Individuals Involved in your Care or Payment for your Care – Unless there is a specific written request from you the contrary, I may disclose your health care information to a friend or family member who is involved in your health care or payment for that care. In addition, I may disclose PHI about you to an entity assisting in a disaster relief effort so that your family can be notified about your condition, status and location.
Appointment Reminders– I may use PHI to contact you as a reminder that you have an appointment with me.