Privacy practices for research subjects

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.

This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information gathered during research to carry out treatment, payment or healthcare operations and for other purposes that are allowed or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. Protected Health Information is information about you that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future health or to related health services that you have received.

We are required to abide by the terms of this Notice of Privacy Practices. While we reserve the right to change these Practices, and, while those changes will be effective for all health information we have at the time of the change, we will make the revised Notice of Privacy Practices available to you by accessing our website at

Following is a statement of your rights with respect to your Protected Health Information and a brief description of how you can exercise those rights.
  1. You have the right to inspect and receive a copy of your Protected Health Information. We will make available to you to inspect, and provide a copy upon request, any Protected Health Information we have and which we are legally required or allowed to provide to you. You can exercise this right by requesting such information to us in writing. We must provide your information within the 30 days required by law.

    Under federal law, there are some instances in which we can not or may choose not to provide you this access. Those instances typically revolve around use in a civil, criminal or administrative action. If we deny you access to your Protected Health Information, you may have the right to a review of that denial. Please contact our Privacy Contact if you have questions about your access.
  2. You have the right to request a restriction of your Protected Health Information. You can request at any time that we not use or disclose your Protected Health Information for a particular purpose, including those involved in treatment, payment or our healthcare operations. For example, you may request that we do not send your information to your physician, that we do not provide any information to your relatives, etc. You should know that we are not required to honor your request if it revolves around treatment, payment or our healthcare operations or if we believe it to be in your best interest. We are required to honor restrictions you request relative to Uses and Disclosures that REQUIRE your Authorization.

    You can exercise this right by making a request in writing to us.
  3. You have the right to request to receive confidential communications from us by alternate means or at an alternate location. We will accommodate or reach agreement on all reasonable requests. You do not have to provide us a reason for your request, but do ask that you put the request in writing.
  4. You have the right to have us amend your Protected Health Information. If you believe there is an inaccuracy or other reason to change our records, you may request that we make those changes. In most circumstances, we are required to make the change within 60 days.
  5. You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures we have made. This right does not apply to disclosures for treatment, payment or our healthcare operations. We are required to provide this accounting for disclosure going back 6 years.
  6. You have the right to a copy of this notice from us.

You may complain to us or to the Secretary of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated. You may file a complaint with us by notifying our Privacy Contact or via Customer Service. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.