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UCSF Privacy and Confidentiality

UCSF is committed to protecting the medical, personal, and sensitive information about its patients. In health care, the doctor-patient relationship is built on trust and confidentiality. This trust is essential to obtain accurate health information from patients and critical to effectively treat patients. While privacy and confidentiality have always been a priority for health care providers, it has heightened importance in this era of electronic information, with increased speed of information flow and the risks associated with protecting this information.

An increasing number of technological solutions have been implemented at UCSF to protect health care information. However, the key to ensuring that this information remains private and confidential is the team work of UCSF faculty, staff, students, postdocs, and volunteers.

UCSF's efforts to protect patient privacy and confidentiality is supported by federal and state laws.



Important Announcement:

The Final Omnibus Rule is here!

The Final Omnibus Rule of 2013, which amends the HIPAA rules, went into effect Monday, September 23, 2013. It includes important changes that impact multiple areas.

What you need to know: Final Omnibus Rule Summary

UCSF Medical Center has a new Notice of Privacy Practice!

As a result of the Final Omnibus Rule changes, the UCSF Health System Notice of Privacy Practice (NPP) and Acknowledgement of Receipt Form have been updated and will be available in English, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese. Effective September 23, 2013, the updated NPP must be provided to all new patients, to patients who have recently turned 18 years of age at their next encounter, and to anyone else who requests a copy.

Click here to view the current versions.


What's New:

How to Protect the Privacy and Security of PHI and PII - Guidelines

Current Issue of Privacy and Confidentiality Newsletter - "Privacy Beat"

Accounting of Disclosures guidelines are now available in the accounting of disclosures section of the APeX Knowledge Bank

Revised Privacy and Confidentiality Handbook

Revised Confidentiality Statement

Social Media Overview, Guidelines, and Best Practices

Privacy Newsletter Archives

Mission Hall FAQs (link)

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