As Required By Law. We may disclose your health information when required to do so by federal, state or local law.
Public Health Activities. As required by law, we may disclose your health information to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability. These activities may also include disclosures to the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] about the quality, safety or effectiveness of an FDA regulated product.
Reporting Victims of Abuse, Neglect or Domestic Violence. If we believe that you have been a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence, your personal health information may be used or disclosed to notify a government authority.
Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose your personal health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. A health oversight agency is a state or federal agency or authority authorized by law to oversee the health care system or government programs in which health information is necessary to determine eligibility or compliance, or to enforce civil rights laws for which health care information is relevant.
Judicial and Administrative Proceedings. We may disclose your health information in response to a court or administrative order, in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process.
Law Enforcement. We may disclose your health information for certain law enforcement purposes, including, for example, to report certain types of wounds or other physical injuries; to comply with a court order or court-ordered warrant, or a subpoena or summons, a grand jury subpoena, or properly authorized administrative request; to identify or locate a suspect or missing person; to report crime in emergencies or suspicious deaths; to answer certain requests for information concerning crimes; or to report criminal activity at the Facility.
Coroners, Medical Examiners, Funeral Directors. We may release your health information to a coroner or medical examiner as necessary to identify a deceased person or to determine the cause of death. We may also release your health information as necessary to a funeral director in order to carry out his/her duties.
Organ, Eye or Tissue Donations. We may use or disclose your health information to organizations that obtain organs or handle organ, eye or tissue transplantation for the purpose of facilitating such donations.
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety. We may use or disclose your health information as necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health or safety, or the health or safety of the public or another person.
Military and Veterans. If you are a member of the armed forces, we may use and disclose your health information as required by military command authorities to assure proper execution of a military mission; or as necessary to determine eligibility for entitlement to military benefits. We may also use and disclose health information about foreign military personnel as required by the appropriate foreign military authority.
National Security and Intelligence Activities. We may release your health information to authorized federal officials for the conduct of lawful intelligence, counter-intelligence, and other authorized national security activities.
Protective Services for the President and Others. We may disclose health information to authorized federal officials to provide protection to the President of the United States, other authorized persons or foreign heads of states, or to conduct certain special investigations.
Inmates/Law Enforcement Custody. If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may disclose your health information to the institution or official for certain purposes including your own health and safety as well as that of others.
Workers’ Compensation. We may use or disclose your health information to comply with laws relating to the provision of benefits for work-related injuries or illness without regard to fault.
Disaster Relief. Unless you object, we may disclose health information about you to an organization authorized to assist in a disaster relief effort.
Business Associates. Some of our services are provided by outside people and entities. We may disclose your health information to business associates so they can perform the work we’ve asked them to do. Our business associates are required by contract to appropriately safeguard your information.
Death. In the event of your death, we may release your health information in order to notify or assist in locating a family member, other person responsible for your care or individual who has been identified by you, to inform such person of your death.
Incidental Disclosures. We view your health information seriously and take reasonable steps to safeguard the privacy of your health information; however, certain disclosures of your information may occur during or as a result of an otherwise permissible use or disclosure of your information. For example, an incidental disclosure may occur if another person approaches a staff member while you are speaking with this staff person about your health information. These “incidental disclosures” are permissible.