Your records are collections of sensitive personal patient information compiled to allow us to provide dental treatment, continuity of care, and maintain optimal standards of care.
Patients have a legal right to examine and copy their records and to control the use and dissemination of the information contained in their records.
Patients have the right to control disclosure of their records to others. Release of information must be informed; must be specific and for a one time event; must afford the patient an opportunity to review the information requested and being released prior to the transfer and with an opportunity to withdraw prior consent; must not be used for any purpose other than the primary and specific use requested; and must be with the patient’s permission, preferably in writing.
Patients are entitled to receive treatment in a confidential setting free of third party intrusion. Release of patient information to third parties must adhere to the basic principles of confidentiality and patient rights outlined above with the intention of enabling patients to review any and all third party benefits to which they may be entitled. Patients may be unaware of the information third parties may have access to under broad based consents to release records and the scope of this information may exceed the needs of third party to determine benefits. It becomes the responsibility of the dentist and other dental health care providers to protect the confidentiality and privacy of their patients.
Where a third party has received patient permission to use information from the patients records for financial audits, all patient identity and unrelated information (e.g. personal information) shall first be removed from the records. No third party can demand access to patient records (including financial records) except with specific patient consent in writing, by legal statute, or by court order.