Organ and Tissue Donation: If you are an organ donor, we may release medical information to organizations
that handle organ procurement or organ, eye or tissue transplantation
or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue
donation and transplantation.
Military and Veterans: If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release medical information
about you as required by military command authorities. We may also release
medical information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate
foreign military authority.
Workers’ Compensation: We may release medical information about you for workers’ compensation
or similar programs. These programs provide benefits for work-related
injuries or illness.
Public Health Risks: We may disclose medical information about you for public health activities.
These activities generally include the following:
- To prevent or control disease, injury or disability
- To report births and deaths
- To report child abuse or neglect;
- To report reactions to medications or problems with products
- To notify people of recalls of products they may be using
- To notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at
risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition
- To notify the appropriate government authority if we believe a patient
has been the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. We will only
make this disclosure if you agree or when required or authorized by law.
Health Oversight Activities: We may disclose medical information to a health oversight agency for
activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include, for
example, audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure. These activities
are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, government
programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
Lawsuits and Disputes: If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose medical
information about you in response to a court or administrative order.
We may also disclose medical information about you in response to a subpoena,
discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in
the dispute, but only if eff orts have been made to tell you about the
request or to obtain an order protecting the information requested.
Law Enforcement: We may release medical information if asked to do so by a law enforcement
- In response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons or similar process
- To identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person
- About the victim of a crime if, under certain limited circumstances, we
are unable to obtain the person’s agreement
- About a death we believe may be the result of criminal conduct
- About criminal conduct at the hospital
- In emergency circumstances to report a crime; the location of the crime
or victims; or the identity, description or location of the person who
committed the crime.
Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors: We may release medical information to a coroner or medical examiner.
This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine
the cause of death. We may also release medical information about patients
of the hospital to funeral directors as necessary to carry out their duties.
National Security and Intelligence Activities: We may release medical information about you to authorized federal officials
for intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities
authorized by law.
Protective Services for the President and Others: We may disclose medical information about you to authorized federal officials
so they may provide protection to the President, other authorized persons
or foreign heads of state or to conduct special investigations.
Inmates: If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody
of a law enforcement officials, we may release medical information about
you to the correctional institution or law enforcement official. This
release would be necessary:
- For the institution to provide you with health care
- To protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others
- For the safety and security of the correctional institution.