Patient Directory Information
Under a federal law known as HIPAA, you have the right choose to not be listed in the patient directory. If you choose this option, your name will not show up as a patient in the patient information system. Anyone who comes to the hospital or calls for you will be told that you are not a patient. Flowers and mail will be returned.
If you opt out of the Patient Directory, you should ask a relative or friend to notify family and friends of your room number if you would like them to visit you. They will not be able to get that information at the Information Desk.
If you do choose to be in the patient directory: Under HIPAA, if a person inquires about you by your name, hospital staff may release your location and a one-word condition. No other information may be released without your written consent.
Your health information is confidential. The Notice of Privacy Practices
explains how your records are protected.