Every employee, volunteer, student, business associate, and physician is committed to upholding our organizational principles and Code of Business Ethics. Complying with federal and state regulations is vital and demonstrates good business practice.
We are dedicated to the privacy and protection of our patients’ confidential medical information, which demonstrates our pledge to provide patients and the community with their most basic rights to foster a sense of trust. Without that trust, we cannot provide the great patient-centered care to which we are dedicated.
All of us at MMC are individually responsible for respecting and guarding the privacy rights of our patients. This means not sharing patient information with anyone who should not have access to that information.
Only those participating in the care and treatment of a patient are allowed access to that patient’s medical record. These persons include physicians, nurses, therapists, lab personnel, admitting staff, or whomever the patient authorizes as their personal representative.
Although compliance with the HIPAA guidelines is the responsibility of every employee and volunteer, MMC has a designated HIPAA Privacy Officer who is responsible for developing, organizing, monitoring, and facilitating the hospital’s compliance with federal and state laws that influence our information privacy practices.