Our notice of Privacy Practice summarizes the ways Grady may use and disclose medical information about you. It also describes your rights and our duties regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information. This Notice applies to all records of your care at the Hospital, whether made by Hospital personnel or by your personal doctor.
Summary and Notice of Privacy Practices (English)
Summary and Notice of Privacy Practices (Spanish)
If you have any questions about this Notice, please contact the Grady Health System Corporate Compliance Office at (404) 616-2118 or email [email protected].
Hospitals make and keep records of medical information. While you are a patient here, we will use and disclose your medical information:
- To provide treatment to you and to keep a record describing your care
- To receive payment for the care we provide
- To administer the hospital properly
- To comply with the law
We are required by law:
- To keep your medical information confidential in accordance with legal requirements
- To give you this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your medical information
- To follow the terms of this Notice that is currently in effect
Note: Georgia and Federal Law provide protection for certain types of health information, including information about alcohol or drug abuse, mental health and AIDS/HIV, and may limit whether and how we may disclose information about you to others. Uses and Disclosures of Your Medical Information
We may use your medical information to provide medical treatment or services to you. We may disclose medical information about you to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical, nursing, or other healthcare students, or other personnel taking care of you. For example, a doctor treating you for a broken leg may need to know if you have diabetes because diabetes may slow the healing process. In addition, the doctor may need to tell the dietitian if you have diabetes so you can have appropriate meals. We may share your medical information to schedule tests and procedures you need, such as prescriptions, laboratory test, and x-rays. We also may disclose your medical information to healthcare facilities if you need to be transferred from the Hospital to another hospital, a nursing home, a home health provider, or a rehabilitation center. We also may disclose your medical information to people outside the Hospital who are involved in your care after you leave the Hospital.
We may use and disclose your medical information so that the treatment and services you receive can be billed and collected from you, an insurance company, or another third party. For example, we may give your health plan information about surgery you received so your health plan will pay us for the surgery. We also may tell your health plan about a treatment you are going to receive in order to obtain prior approval from your plan to cover payment for the treatment.
We may use and disclose your medical information for Hospital operations, such as for peer review, performance improvement, risk management, and our compliance with licensure, accreditation or certification requirements. For example, we may disclose your medical information to doctors on our Medical Staff who review treatment of patents. We may disclose information to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical, nursing or other health-care students, and Hospital personnel for teaching. We may combine medical information about many patients to decide what services the Hospital should offer, and whether new services are cost-effective and how we compare with other hospitals. Sometimes, we may remove identifying information from this medical information so others may use it to study health care and healthcare delivery without learning who you are. We may disclose information to other health-care providers involved in your treatment to permit them to carry out the work of their facility or to get paid. For example, we may provide information about your treatment to an ambulance company that brought your to the Hospital so that the ambulance company can get paid for their services.
Activities of Our Affiliates
We may disclose your medical information to our affiliates in connection with your treatment or other hospital activities.
Activities of Organized Healthcare Arrangements in Which We Participate
For certain activities, the Hospital, members of its Medical Staff, and other independent professionals are called an Organized Healthcare Arrangement. We may disclose information about you to healthcare providers participating in our Organized Healthcare Arrangements, such as a managed care or physician-hospital organization. Such disclosures would be made in connection with our services, your treatment under a health plan arrangement, and other activities of the Organized Healthcare Arrangement.
Independent Medical Professionals
The Hospital may share your medical information with members of the Hospital Medical Staff and other independent medical professionals in order to provide treatment and perform other activities such as peer review, quality improvement, medical education, and other services for the Hospital. While those professionals may follow this Notice and otherwise participate in the privacy program of the Hospital, they are independent professionals and the Hospital and those independent professionals each expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability for their acts or omissions of the other with regard to violations of your privacy rights as described in this notice.
Health Services, Treatment Alternatives, and Health-Related Benefits
We may use and disclose your medical information to tell you about (i) health-related products or services that we offer, (ii) other providers participating in a healthcare network that we participate in, (iii) possible treatment options or alternatives, or (iv) health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you. We also may use that information to communicate with you to coordinate your care. We may use and disclose your medical information to contact and remind you of an appointment for treatment or medical care.
We may use your medical information to raise money for the Hospital. We may disclose information such as your name, address, telephone number, gender, age, and the dates you received treatment at the Hospital to a Hospital foundation so it can contact you. If you do not want the Hospital to contact you for fundraising or you want to opt-out of current fundraising communications, please notify the Contact Person listed below in writing.
We may include certain information about you in the Hospital Directory while you are a patient in the Hospital. This information may include your name, your room number, your general condition (fair, stable, etc.) and your religious affiliation. Your religious affiliation may be given to a member of the clergy, such as a priest or rabbi, even if they don’t ask for you by name. Disclosure of your room will not reveal that you are in a specific unit or area of the Hospital, if such information would reveal that you are at the Hospital for treatment of rape or attempted rape, HIV/AIDS, or alcohol/drug abuse. Directory information, except for your religious affiliation, may be released to people who ask for you by name. This is so your family, friends, and clergy can visit you in the Hospital and generally know how you are doing. If you do not want this information given out, please tell the Patient Access Employee (i.e., Registration Clerk, Financial Counselor, Admitting Representative, ECC patient Representative).
Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care
We may release your medical information to the person you named in your Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (if you have one), or to a friend or family member who is your personal representative (i.e., empowered under state or other law to make health-related decisions for you). We may give information to someone who helps pay for your care. In addition, we may disclose your medical information to an entity assisting in disaster relief efforts so that your family can be notified about your condition. We may disclose information to pharmaceutical companies and/or their agents to confirm your eligibility and support applications for manufacturer sponsored drug assistance programs.
We may use or disclose your medical information electronically with other hospitals, doctors and/or medical persons or facilities involved in your treatment. You must authorize Grady to provide your electronic medical records to your provider through CareEverywhere. You have the right to decline to participate in CareEverywhere. You will receive treatment even if you do not wish to participate in CareEverywhere. We will not share your information through CareEverywhere without your permission.
We may use and disclose your medical information for research purposes. Most research projects, however, are subject to a special approval process. Most research projects require your permission if a researcher will be involved in your care or will have access to your name, address or other information that identifies you. However, the law allows some research to be done using your medical information without requiring your authorization.
As Required By Law
We will disclose your medical information when federal, state or local law requires it. For example, the Hospital must comply with child abuse reporting laws and laws requiring us to report certain diseases or injuries to state or federal agencies.
Serious Threat to Health or Safety
We may use and disclose your medical information when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person.
Organ and Tissue Donation
If you are an organ donor, we may release your medical information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to aid in its organ or tissue donation and transplantation process.
Military and Veterans
If you are a member of the U.S. or foreign armed forces, we may release your medical information as required by military command authorities.
We may release medical information about you for workers’ compensation or similar programs. These programs provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness.
If you are a minor (under 18 years old), the Hospital will comply with Georgia law regarding minors. We may release certain types of your medical information to your parent or guardian, if such release is required or permitted by law.
Public Health Risks
We may disclose your medical information for public health purposes:
- To prevent or control disease, injury or disability,
- To report births and deaths,
- To report child or adult abuse, neglect or violence,
- To report reactions to medications or problems with products,
- To notify people of recalls of products they may be using
- To notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for getting or spreading a disease or condition.
Health Oversight Activities
We may disclose your medical information to a federal or state agency for health oversight activities such as audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure of the Hospital and of the providers who treated you at the Hospital. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health-care system, government programs, and compliance with laws.
Lawsuits and Disputes
We may disclose your medical information to respond to a court or administrative order or a search warrant. We also may disclose your medical information in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in a dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request and you have been provided an opportunity to object or to obtain an appropriate court order protecting the information requested.
Subject to certain conditions, we may disclose your medical information for a law enforcement purpose upon the request of a law enforcement official.
Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors
We may disclose your medical information to a medical examiner or funeral director so they may carry out their duties.
We may disclose your medical information to authorized federal officials for national security activities authorized by law.
We may disclose your medical information to authorized federal officials so they may provide protection to the President and other persons.
If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement officer, we may release your medical information to the correctional institution or a law enforcement officer. This release would be necessary for the Hospital to provide you with health care, to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others, or for the safety and security of the law enforcement officer or the correctional institution.
Other uses of Medical Information
Other uses and disclosures of your medical information not covered by this Notice or the laws and regulations that apply to Grady Health System will be made only with your written permission. If you give us permission to use or disclose medical information about you, you may revoke that permission, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your permission, we will no longer use or disclose your medical information for the reasons covered by your written authorization, but the revocation will not affect actions we have taken in reliance on your permission. You understand that we are unable to take back any disclosures we have already made with your permission, we still must continue to comply with laws that require certain disclosures, and we are required to retain our records of the care that we provided to you.