Patient Privacy Duties
By law, Allegiance Health must keep protected health information private. The federal government defines protected health information as any information, whether oral, electronic or paper, which is created or received by Allegiance Health and relates to a patient's health care or payment for the provision of medical services. This includes not only the results of tests and notes written by doctors, nurses and other clinical personnel, but also certain demographic information (such as your name, address and telephone number) that is related to your health records.
Allegiance Health is required by law to provide you with our Notice of Privacy Practices and to follow the terms and conditions of the notice that is currently in effect.
How Allegiance Health Fulfills These Duties
- Allegiance Health considers patient privacy as part of its mission to lead our community to better health and well being at every stage of life.
- Allegiance Health takes necessary precautions against inappropriate use or disclosure of medical information.
- Allegiance Health staff are expected to access medical information only as necessary to perform their jobs.
- Allegiance Health staff who violate these rules and policies are subject to sanctions, including discipline and termination.
The Health Care Providers Covered By the Notice of Privacy Practices
The Notice of Privacy Practices covers Allegiance Health and Allegiance Health personnel, volunteers, students, governance, and partners. The notice also covers other health care providers that come to Allegiance Health's facilities to care for patients (such as physicians, physician assistants, therapists, and other health care providers not employed by Allegiance Health), unless these other health care providers give you their own notice of privacy practices that describes how they will protect your medical information. Allegiance Health may share your medical information with these other health care providers for their treatment, payment and health care operations. This arrangement is only for sharing information and not for any other purpose.
About Federal and State Law
Federal and state laws require Allegiance Health to protect your medical information and federal law requires Allegiance Health to describe to you how we handle that information. Please refer to the Notice of Privacy Practices for more information or call our Chief Compliance Officer.