UrgentHIPAA - the Federal Medical Privacy Rule

The federal medical privacy rule is commonly known as the "HIPAA privacy rule." However, it actually holds the title, "Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information."

Chief Health IT Executives Push for National Patient ID System

Chief Health IT Executives Push for National Patient ID System
In a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) wrote the following:  "We must first acknowledge that the lack of a consistent patient identity matching strategy is the most significant challenge inhibiting the safe and secure electronic exchange of health information. …"

As Health Records Go Digital, Where They End Up Might Surprise You

As Health Records Go Digital, Where They End Up Might Surprise You
Sharing of a person's health data.

Patient Medical Privacy

Social Security Numbers

"Private industry (other than your employer) and some organizations use Social Security numbers to keep records. If someone asks for your number, you can refuse to give it to them. However, your purchase or service may be denied. Federal law does not require or prohibit this use of the number. Giving your Social Security number is a personal matter between you and the person who asks for it. But, you should know that no one can get information from your Social Security record just because he or she knows your number."


Patient rights, privacy rights and constitutional rights are violated if patient consent is not required for government access to private data of law-abiding citizens. Such violation of rights will jeopardize patient health and trust in the health care system. A California Healthcare Foundation study found 15% of the public taking evasive action to protect their privacy, including falsifying medical questionnaires, requesting that data be omitted from their medical records, paying cash, and avoiding health care altogether. A 2000 Gallup Survey found 92% of the public opposing government access to private data, and 71% opposing access to medical data by local and state public health agencies.

Patient Medical Records Already Collected by the Minnesota Department of Health

Protecting Your Child's Medical Confidentiality in School

Government Access to Medical Records - Official Notice from the Minnesota Health Department

This notice explains the rights you have to access your health record, and when certain information in your health record can be released without your consent. This notice does not change any protections you have under the law.

Children and Schools