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Reminders for Protecting Patient Privacy


Have you ever said or done something you wish you could take back? Take the example of squeezing too much toothpaste onto your toothbrush—once it's out you can't push the paste back in.

When it comes to patient privacy, the same concept applies. When a patient's personal or health information is inappropriately disclosed—whether oral, written or electronic—to the wrong party, this is considered a privacy breach.

Common Privacy Violations

  • Providing a different patient's AVS/Discharge paperwork to a patient
  • Inadvertently emailing patient information to an individual with a similar name as the intended recipient
  • Discussing patients in a public area
  • Not verifying the correct patient is selected when processing a request
  • Mailing patient information to the wrong address

All Cedars-Sinai Workforce Members are Responsible for Protecting Patient Privacy

Federal (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA) and state (Confidentiality of Medical Information Act or CMIA) healthcare privacy laws dictate how we may use and disclose confidential patient information. As a member of Cedars-Sinai's workforce, you are responsible for utilizing appropriate safeguards and complying with federal and state privacy rules to uphold the confidentiality of Personal Health Information (PHI).

How Can We Protect Patients' Information?

  • Do not discuss a patient in public places (e.g., elevators, hallways or cafeteria)
  • Always double-check phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses before disclosing or sending information
  • Do not leave PHI unattended
  • Discard documents containing PHI in secure shred bins
  • Do not share passwords and log off/lock your computer screen

Reporting Privacy Concerns, Breaches or Questions
Cedars-Sinai workforce members are required to promptly report any suspected privacy violation(s) to the Cedars-Sinai Privacy Program.

Privacy Program Contact Information
310-423-7972, option 5 or submit a privacy incident report.