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All Children's Health System Notice of Privacy Practices

Most of the patients treated by All Children's Hospital are minors. Please read the terms "you & your" to also mean your child. This Notice describes how your medical information can be used or released and how you can get access to this information. Please review this Notice carefully

All Children's, Your Healthcare Provider of Choice

All Children's is part of the Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation. All Children's may include one or more of the following: All Children's Hospital, Inc.; All Children's Outpatient Care Centers; Kids Home Care, Inc.; All Children's Specialty Physicians; All Children's Research Institute, Inc.; the hospital's retail pharmacies and other corporations owned or controlled by All Children's Hospital, Inc., or All Children's Health System, Inc., if they provide health services. All Children's will follow the terms of this Notice and may be referred to as "we", "us", or "our". All Children's includes health care professionals, volunteer groups, employees, medical staff members, affiliated students and others.

Our pledge regarding your medical information.

We understand that your medical information is personal. We create a record of the care and services you receive from us. This record is needed for your care and to comply with legal requirements. We are committed to protect your medical information.

This Notice applies to all of your medical information that we create and maintain. This Notice will tell you about the ways in which we are allowed to use and release your medical information. We provide examples but we do not explain every possible situation, This notice also describes your rights and how to exercise them. We are required to make sure that your medical information is kept private, to give you this Notice, and to follow the terms of the Notice.

Routine uses and releases of your medical information.

These examples do not include every possible situation.

Other uses and releases of your medical information.

Below are ways we may use and release your medical information without your permission. If this happens, only medical information that is relevant to your health care will be released.

How we are required to use and release medical information without your permission.

There are times when we are required to use or release your medical information without your written permission. For example, we may give out your medical information for public health purposes, suspected abuse or neglect reporting, funeral arrangements, organ donation, emergencies and more. We may also use and release your medical information for research purposes. In some cases, we may disclose your information to researchers, such as the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, to help them identify prospective patients or studies, so long as the medical information they review does not leave our control. We will act in accordance with laws related to releasing information for research purposes.

Other uses and releases.

Other uses and releases of medical information not covered by this Notice will be made only with your written authorization (permission). For example, most uses and disclosures for marketing purposes will require your permission. If you provide us permission to use or release your medical information, you may end (withdraw) that permission, in writing, at any time. If you end your permission, we will no longer use or release your medical information for the reasons covered by your written permission. You must understand that we cannot take back any releases we have already made with your permission.

If you choose to communicate with us via email or text (collectively "email"), we may respond to you in the same manner in which the communication was received and to the same email address from which you sent your email. Before using email to communicate with us, you should understand that there are certain risks associated with the use of email. It may not be secure, which means it could be intercepted and seen by others. In addition, there are other risks associated with use of email, such as misaddressed/misdirected messages, email accounts that are shared with others, messages that can be forwarded on to others, or messages stored on portable electronic devises that have no security. Additionally, you should understand that use of emails is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Email communications should never be used in an emergency.

Your privacy rights.

Special section for minors and persons with guardians.

This Notice also applies to minors and some disabled adults. They enjoy the same basic privacy protections for their medical information. However, because they usually cannot make health care decisions for themselves, a parent or a guardian can make decisions on their behalf. Parents or guardians can permit the use and release of this medical information. Parents or guardians may also hold all rights listed in this Notice including the right to inspect and copy and the right to amend.

There are some situations where minors can make independent health care decisions without parental or guardian knowledge or permission. It is important to note in these situations that the minor may be the only one to permit the use and release of medical information. The minor may hold all rights listed in this Notice with respect to the independent health care decision. If the minor chooses to inform the parent or guardian and obtains their permission for the independent health care decision, then all of the privacy rights regarding the medical information may transfer to the parent or guardian. There are also some situations where access, use and/or release of a minor's health information may occur without the permission of the parent or guardian. These situations are usually when the health or safety of the minor is in danger and medical information is necessary to appropriately protect the minor.

Changes to this Notice.

We may change this Notice. We reserve the right to make the changed Notice effective for medical information we already have about you as well as any information received in the future. We will post a copy of the current Notice in key locations throughout All Children's. You may obtain a new Notice by accessing our website at or by obtaining a copy at the time of your next appointment.

Privacy Complaints.

If you have any privacy complaints regarding your visit, please contact the appropriate Department Director. If you think that your privacy rights may have been violated, notify our Privacy Officer. You may also send a written complaint to the Office of Civil Rights. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.

How to contact us.

All mail to our Privacy Officer should be sent to the following address:

All Children's Hospital, Inc. and All Children's Health System, Inc.
ATTN: Privacy Officer - Box 9080
501 Sixth Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

All mail to our Health Information Management Department should be sent to the following address:

All Children's Hospital, Inc. and All Children's Health System, Inc.
ATTN: Health Information Management Department - Box 7680
501 Sixth Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

All Children's main telephone numbers are (727) 898-7451 or (800) 456-4543, if you are calling from out of area.

Effective Date: September 1st, 2013


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