Sacred Heart University is concerned about the privacy of our student patient’s health care information. Our intent is to make you aware of the possible uses and disclosures of your protected health information (PHI) and your privacy rights. You will be asked to sign an acknowledgment of our policy at your visit. The delivery of healthcare service will in no way be conditioned upon your signed acknowledgment of this policy. If you decline to provide a signed acknowledgment, we will continue to provide your treatment, and will use and disclose your protected health information (PHI) for treatment, healthcare operations, and referrals when necessary. Your health care records will not be released without your permission.
Examples of when student PHI may be shared:
- Prescriptions to pharmacy
- Referral to other healthcare providers off campus
- Referrals to follow up with the Athletic department for Athletic Training services
- Referrals to the Dean’s office for assistance with academic concerns related to your health
- Referrals to the Jandrisevits Learning Center (JLC) for assistance with Special Learning Services
- Communication with Residential Life when necessary regarding concerns related to student health or in an Outbreak situation
You are promised confidentiality for your medical care at Sacred Heart University. Although many students feel comfortable having their parents, guardians, or other trusted individuals know many things about their health, there are some issues for which you might want greater privacy.
Health Services is more than happy to communicate with others when you give us permission. We often proactively ask if we can reach out to a family member if you are significantly ill. We require your consent on a situation-by-situation basis, rather than using a blanket permission. We make it easy for you to give consent—verbal consent in person or over the phone is all we need. However, if you do not want us to share your medical information, we are bound by professional ethics and federal and state privacy laws not to do so, unless we have serious concern for your safety and well-being.