Medical Privacy

For more information send us an email or phone 619-338-2808.

Congress recently passed a new law called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA/Medical Privacy Act). The main purpose of HIPAA is to protect health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs, and ensure uniformity in the way patients' records are handled and maintained throughout the United States.

The County of San Diego is committed to safe-guarding patient's privacy, especially the rights of people in sensitive health groups including those receiving mental healthcare, drug and alcohol treatment services, sexually transmitted disease services and HIV treatment. In addition to current California privacy laws, HIPAA sets a national standard on how health care providers and health plans must protect medical information.

HIPAA requires all treatment providers and health plans to distribute a notice that explains your rights as a patient, how your medical information may be used, what our legal obligations are to you, and how you may contact us for information or to file a complaint. This notice is called our Notice of Privacy Practices and is available online or at any of our health care facilities.

 

For more information send us an email or phone 619-338-2808.