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Five Tips to Protect Your Personal Health Information

Protecting health information is a top priority. The health information management professionals at Lee Memorial Health System provide five tips for protecting your personal health information:

1) Understand your information rights as a healthcare consumer. You have the right to view and receive copies of your medical information and the right to complain about medical privacy practices or breaches of privacy.
Read the Statement of Privacy Notice that your healthcare provider and health plan are required to provide you at the time of service or upon request. Understand your rights, what types of information are maintained, and how each entity uses or handles it.
Be aware that not all organizations or entities that collect and maintain your health information are covered by federal or state privacy laws.
Obtain and maintain copies of your medical records and information so you can use the information to monitor your care and spot any errors in the information.
Establish a personal health record (PHR) to monitor the accuracy of your health information. PHRs are an excellent way for you to play a leading role in your healthcare by tracking and monitoring your health status or that of family members in your care.

Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about the confidentiality of your health information.


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