Individuals Involved in Your Care. Unless you object, we may disclose your protected health information to a family member, relative, or close personal friend, including clergy, who is involved in your care.
Disaster Relief. We may disclose your protected health information to an organization assisting in a disaster relief effort.
As Authorized or Required By Law. We will disclose your protected health information when authorized or required by federal, state or local law to do so.
Public Health Activities. We may disclose your protected health information for public health activities. These activities may include, for example
- reporting to a public health or other government authority for preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability, or reporting child abuse or neglect;
- reporting to the federal Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) concerning adverse events or problems with products for tracking products in certain circumstances, to enable product recalls or to comply with other FDA requirements;
- to notify a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease or may otherwise be at risk of contracting or spreading a disease or condition; or
- for certain purposes involving workplace illness or injuries.
Reporting Victims of Abuse, Neglect or Domestic Violence. If we believe that you have been a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence, we may use and disclose your protected health information to notify a government authority if required or authorized by law, or if you agree to the report.
Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose your protected health information to a health oversight agency for oversight activities authorized by law. These may include, for example, audits, investigations, inspections and licensure actions or other legal proceedings. These activities are necessary for government oversight of the health care system, government payment or regulatory programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
Judicial and Administrative Proceedings. We may disclose your protected health information in response to a court or administrative order. We also may disclose information in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process.
Law Enforcement. We may disclose your protected health information for certain law enforcement purposes, including
- as required by law to comply with certain reporting requirements;
- to comply with a court order, court-ordered warrant, and/or under certain circumstances, a subpoena, summons, investigative demand or similar legal process;
- to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person;
- when information is requested about the victim of a crime if the individual agrees or under other limited circumstances;
- to report information about a suspicious death;
- to provide information about criminal conduct occurring at our office;
- to report information in emergency circumstances about a crime; or
- where necessary to identify or apprehend an individual in relation to a violent crime or an escape from lawful custody.
Research. We may allow protected health information of patients from our own office to be used or disclosed for research purposes provided that the researcher adheres to certain privacy protections. Your protected health information may be used for research purposes only if the privacy aspects of the research have been reviewed and approved by a special Privacy Board or Institutional Review Board, if the researcher is collecting information in preparing a research proposal, if the research occurs after your death, or if you authorize the use or disclosure.
Coroners, Medical Examiners, Funeral Directors & Organ Procurement Organizations. We may release your protected health information to a coroner, medical examiner, funeral director or, if you are an organ donor, to an organization involved in the donation of organs and tissue.
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety. We may use and disclose your protected health information when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of the public or another person. However, any disclosure would be made only to someone able to help prevent the threat.
Military and Veterans. If you are a member of the armed forces, we may use and disclose your protected health information as required by military command authorities. We may also use and disclose protected health information about foreign military personnel as required by the appropriate foreign military authority.
Workers’ Compensation. We may use or disclose your protected health information to comply with laws relating to workers’ compensation or similar programs.
National Security and Intelligence Activities: Protective Services for the President and Others. We may disclose protected health information to authorized federal Officers conducting national security and intelligence activities or as needed to provide protection to the President of the United States, certain other persons or foreign heads of states or to conduct certain special investigations.
Marketing and Your Rights to “Opt Out” of Receiving Further Communications. We may use or disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to provide you with information about treatment alternatives, or other health-related benefits, drugs, goods and services that may be of interest to you. We may also use and disclose your protected health information for other marketing activities. For example, your name and address may be used to send you a newsletter about the services we offer or to send you information about products or services that we believe may be beneficial to you. If Lucent Surgical Support Systems, Inc./ Infudyne wants to enter into a relationship with another person or business that will result in Lucent Surgical Support Systems, Inc./ Infudyne receiving financial remuneration, Lucent Surgical Support Systems, Inc./ Infudyne will obtain a specific written authorization from you or your personal representative before using or disclosing protected health information for such marketing purposes. We will not sell your PHI in the course of our business without your written permission.
Patient Engagement. Lucent Surgical Support Systems, Inc./ Infudyne may use or disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to communicate with you directly, following your procedure.
Business Associates and Subcontractors. We may disclose your protected health information to a business associate or subcontractor who needs the information to perform services for our office. We require that our business associates and subcontractors be committed to preserving the confidentially of your protected health information disclosed to them. We require all of our business associates to have an agreement with us in which they promise to use your protected health information only for permitted uses and disclosures. We also require our business associates to have the same type of agreement with all of their subcontractors.
Inmates. If you are under the custody of a law enforcement Officer or a correctional institution, we may disclose your protected health information to the institution or Officer.
Appointment Reminders. We may use or disclose protected health information to remind you about appointments. If you have a voicemail and can receive text messages, we may leave the reminder in a message.
Treatment Alternatives. We may use or disclose protected health information to inform you about treatment alternatives that may be of interest to you.
Health-Related Benefits and Services. We may use or disclose protected health information to inform you about health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.