The University of Kansas Medical Center is committed to ensuring the privacy and the security of our patients' health information. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) strengthens our commitment to our patients.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, requires health care professionals to protect privacy and create standards for electronic transfers of health data. The Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services will enforce the regulations and impose penalties on institutions that do not make a good-faith effort on privacy and security.
HIPAA came about because of the public's concern about how health care information is used. HIPAA gives patients more control over their own health information. The University of Kansas Medical Center is taking steps to provide you, our patient, with these patient rights which include the right:
HIPAA requires health care providers like The University of Kansas Medical Center to follow certain rules to protect the privacy of patients' health information. For instance, The University of Kansas Medical Center employees are not allowed to access information on patients unless they need the information to perform their jobs. Employees have received training on how to protect patient information, whether that information is spoken, on paper, or kept in a computer.
The University of Kansas Medical Center is participating in this effort along with the majority of other healthcare providers in the United States. Compliance with the HIPAA privacy rule is important to continuing our tradition of patient confidentiality.
At The University of Kansas Medical Center, patients have a right to privacy. If you have a question about HIPAA or wish to report a privacy concern, please contact one of the following individuals:
The University of Kansas Medical Center
KU HealthPartners, Inc.
Michelle Naus, CPA
The University of Kansas Physicians
The University of Kansas Hospital Authority and its affiliates
Robert Spaniol, PhD