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  • New York State Law. Special privacy protections apply to HIV-related information, alcohol and substance abuse information, mental health information and genetic information. Some parts of this general Notice of Privacy Practices may not apply to these types of information. If your treatment involves this information, you will be provided an explanation of how the information will be protected. For further information, please contact the Privacy Office.
  • Organ and Tissue Donation. If you are an organ or tissue donor, we may release medical information about you to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank.
  • Military and Veterans. If you are a member of the armed forces of the United States or another country, we may release medical information about you as required by military command authorities.
  • Workers' Compensation. We may release medical information about you for workers' compensation or similar programs.
  • Public Health Risks. We may disclose to authorized public health or government officials medical information about you for public health activities. These activities generally include the following:
    • to a person subject to the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for purposes related to the quality, safety or effectiveness of an FDA-regulated product or service;

    • to prevent or control disease, injury or disability;
    • to report disease or injury;
    • to report births and deaths;
    • to report child abuse or neglect;
    • to report reactions to medications and food or problems with products;
    • to notify people of recalls or replacements of products they may be using;
    • to notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition;
    • to notify the appropriate government authority if we believe a patient has been the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. We will only make this disclosure if you agree or when required or authorized by law.
  • Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose medical information about you to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include, for example, audits, investigations, inspections and licensure.
  • Lawsuits and Disputes. If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose medical information about you in response to a court or administrative order. We may also disclose medical information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request or other legal demand by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the information requested.
  • Law Enforcement. We may release medical information about you if asked to do so by a law enforcement official:
    • in response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons or similar process;
    • to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness or missing person;
    • about the victim of a crime if, under certain circumstances, we are unable to obtain the person's agreement;
    • about a death we believe may be the result of criminal conduct;
    • about criminal conduct at the Hospital;
    • in emergency circumstances to report a crime, the location of the crime or victims, or the identity, description or location of the person who committed the crime; and
    • to authorized federal officials so they may provide protection for the President and other authorized persons or conduct special investigations.
    • Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors. We may release medical information about you to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also release medical information to funeral directors so they can carry out their duties.
    • National Security and Intelligence Activities. We may release medical information about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence and other national security activities authorized by law.

Contact

Privacy Office
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
525 East 68th Street, Mailbox 10
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 746-1327
E-mail: Privacy@nyp.org

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