DCH Health System Summary Notice of Privacy Practices
This notice is a summary of how your protected health information is used and disclosed and how you can obtain access to this information. You may request a copy of our full notice, or you may access it through our website by clicking on the link to the right.
Uses and Disclosures of Health Information
We use health information about you for treatment, to obtain payment for treatment, for administrative purposes, and to evaluate the quality of care that you receive.
We may use or disclose health information about you without your authorization for several other reasons such as for public health purposes, for emergencies, and other disclosures required by law. In any other situation, we will ask for your written authorization before using or disclosing any health information about you. If you choose to sign an authorization to disclose information, you can later revoke that authorization to stop any disclosures that have not already been made.
We may change our policies at any time. Before we make a significant change in our policies, we will change our notice and post the new notice in prominent locations within our facilities. You can also request a copy of our notice at any time. For more information about our privacy practices, contact the person listed below.
Although your health record is the physical property of DCH Health System, you have legal rights regarding the information about you. You have the right to:
- Request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of your information
- Obtain a paper copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices upon request
- View and obtain a copy of your health record
- Amend your health record
- Obtain an accounting of disclosures of your health information
- Request communications of your health information by alternative means or at alternative locations
- Revoke your authorization to use or disclose health information except to the extent that action has already been taken
If you are concerned that your privacy rights have been violated, or you disagree with a decision we made about access to your records, you may contact the person listed below. You may also send a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The person listed below can provide you with the appropriate address upon request.
Our Legal Duty
We are required by law to protect the privacy of your information, provide this notice about our information practices, and follow the information practices that are described in this notice.
If you have questions or complaints, please contact Sheila Limmroth, at (205) 750-5328.