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HIPAA: Protecting Patient Privacy

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring that your medical information is private and secure. The Hospital protects medical information as required by state laws and the federal privacy rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Privacy rights

Patients or their parents/legal guardians have certain privacy rights under HIPAA, including the right to:

Notice of Privacy Practices

Children's Hospital maintains a Notice of Privacy Practices in English and in Spanish that describes the privacy rights of patients and the ways we may use and share medical information. We provide a copy to all patients/families when they first receive services from Children's Hospital. At that time, you will be asked to sign a form acknowledging that you received a copy of our Notice.

Use and sharing of information

In general, written authorization from the patient or parent/legal guardian is needed before information may be released by Children's Hospital. In some cases, as described in our Notice of Privacy Practices in English and in Spanish, we may use and share information for certain purposes without the written authorization of a patient/parent/legal guardian.

For example, we may:

Please direct any questions to our Privacy Office at 267-426-6036.


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