LAST REV DATE: 08/05/2015
Applies to all UCLA Health “workforce members” including: employees, medical staff and other health care professionals; volunteers; agency, temporary and registry personnel; and trainees, house staff, students, and interns (regardless of whether they are UCLA trainees or rotating through UCLA Health facilities from another institution).
It is the responsibility of all UCLA Health workforce members, as defined above, including employees, medical staff, house staff, students and volunteers, to preserve and protect confidential patient, employee and business information.
The federal Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (the “Privacy Rule”), the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act ( California Civil Code § 56 et seq.) and the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act ( California Welfare & Institutions Code § 5000 et seq.) govern the release of patient identifiable information by hospitals and other health care providers. The State Information Practices Act ( California Civil Code sections 1798 et seq.) governs the acquisition and use of data that pertains to individuals. All of these laws establish protections to preserve the confidentiality of various medical and personal information and specify that such information may not be disclosed except as authorized by law or the patient or individual.
Confidential Patient Care Information includes: Any individually identifiable information in possession or derived from a provider of health care regarding a patient's medical history, mental, or physical condition or treatment, as well as the patients and/or their family members records, test results, conversations, research records and financial information. (Note: this information is defined in the Privacy Rule as “protected health information.”)
Examples include, but are not limited to:
Confidential Employee and Business Information includes, but is not limited to, the following:
I understand and I acknowledge that: