Vanderbilt University Medical Center will send your health information to any of the Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) that Vanderbilt participates in. A Health Information Exchange (HIE) is a secure electronic system that helps health care providers and entities such as health plans and insurers manage care and treat patients. We will send your health information to the Epic Care Everywhere HIE and other HIEs we choose to participate in. Information about your past medical care and current medical conditions and medicines is available not only to us but also to non-VUMC health care providers who participate in the HIE. You have the right to opt-out of the HIE. However, even if you do, some of your health information will remain available to certain health care entities as permitted by law.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") provides comprehensive guidance for patients including their privacy rights concerning the use or disclosure of their medical information. These rights are described in detail in the Notice of Privacy Practices.
VUMC's Privacy Office and Information Security have teamed up to provide: answers and guidance for improving the privacy and security of the computing environment and; maintain compliance with HIPAA and other regulatory requirements regarding the creation, processing, storing and transmission of VUMC confidential information including protected health information.
The Notice of Privacy Practice Page highlights the patient's right for privacy and is open to all. The Privacy Office and Information Security Page are for staff and faculty.
We invite you to take the time to review our site. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Privacy Office @ Privacy.Office@vumc.org