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Your medical information is completely private and will not be shared with any other entity, clinic, or person without your explicit consent.

Aside from a strong sense of keeping our patient's information confidential, we are also covered under HIPAA, a 1996 federal law which, amongst other things, regulates very strictly the way doctors and other medical organizations handle medical data.

Any disclosure of data which doesn't involve treatment, payment, or health care operations must be authorized by the patient in writing. Under no circumstances do we share medical data without your written consent.

You can learn more about HIPAA right here.

We are also subject to California laws regarding medical privacy, such as A.B. 211 and S.B. 541. These two laws protect against unauthorized access to medical data.

A.B. 211 requires any provider of health care to “establish and implement appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect the privacy of a patient’s medical information” and to “reasonably safeguard confidential medical information from any unauthorized access or unlawful access, use, or disclosure.”  “Unauthorized access” is defined as “the inappropriate review or viewing of patient medical information without a direct need for diagnosis, treatment, or other lawful use” as permitted under California law.  A.B. 211 establishes a new state agency, the Office of Health Information Integrity, to enforce the law and impose fines that can range from $1,000 up to a maximum of $250,000 per violation.

S.B. 541 applies to “any clinic, health facility, home health agency, or hospice” and, much like A.B. 211, requires those facilities to “prevent unlawful or unauthorized access to, and use or disclosure of patient’s medical information.”  S.B. 541 also requires those facilities to report any unlawful or unauthorized access to patient medical information to the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) within five days after such unlawful or unauthorized access has been detected and empowers the CDPH to levy fines that range from $25,000 up to a maximum of $250,000 per violation.

You can learn more about your medical privacy under California law at the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.