The privacy and security of patient health information is a top priority for patients and their families, health care providers and professionals, and the government. Federal laws require many of the key persons and organizations that handle health information to have policies and security safeguards in place to protect your health information — whether it is stored on paper or electronically.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules are the main Federal laws that protect your health information (link to HIPAA for Consumers). You may have additional protections and health information rights under your State's laws. There are also Federal laws that protect specific types of health information, such as information related to Federally funded alcohol and substance abuse treatment.
What You Can Do To Protect Your Health Information
Health care professionals and the federal government take your health information privacy seriously. You should too.