My Privacy


Washington University health-care providers respect the confidentiality of our patients' health information by observing the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which is the federal law commonly known as “HIPAA,” provides certain protections for any of your health information (PHI*) that can be specifically identified as yours.  HIPAA permits and our privacy practices allow us to use your individually identifiable health information or share it with another health care provider or an insurance company in the following circumstances:

  • To treat and care for you, including contacting you for appointment reminders
  • To obtain payment from you or your insurance company
  • In connection with our health care operations, which are operational activities typically carried out by health care providers, such as quality assessment and improvement, review and/or training of health care professionals, business planning, customer service, grievance resolution and other general administrative activities


HIPAA also allows us to use certain health information for the following activities:

  • For our fundraising purposes (You have the right to opt out of receiving those communications.)
  • When required by law
  • When permitted by HIPAA for activities including:
    • Public health and safety
    • Health oversight agencies for monitoring of the health care system
    • Law enforcement related to its criminal investigations
    • Judicial and administrative proceedings
    • Organ donation
    • For research (provided other precautions are taken regarding your information)

You are entitled to receive and review our legal Notice of Privacy Practices.  Click here to access a link to Washington University's Information Security and HIPAA Privacy offices. You may download a copy of our notice from  this site.

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