University Hospital of Brooklyn and STAR Health Center are committed to maintaining the privacy of all of your medical information related to medical care, HIV treatment, substance use and mental health treatment. The information contained in your medical record is kept confidential and it will be used only for your treatment, our payment, our business operation and any reporting required by law. Our electronic health record (EHR) meets or exceeds all HIPAA privacy and security standards. In addition, our EHR has been certified for “Meaningful Use” by the Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB). This means that our EHR is used to improve quality, safety, and efficiency of care; to better engage patients and family; and to improve care coordination with the ultimate goal of reducing health disparities in the community.
Notice of Privacy Practices at University Hospital of Brooklyn
All STAR Health Center staff, peer educators and trainees are bound by a signed pledge of confidentiality. Below you can access University Hospital’s Notice of Privacy Practices which provides you with our legal duties and privacy practices concerning your medical information, including:
- How we may use and disclose your medical information
- Your rights to access and control your health information
Authorization for Release of Protected Health Information
The use and disclosure of your medical information requires your written authorization. If you need your own medical records or you need a copy sent to another provider, please complete and sign the appropriate release of information below and bring it to the STAR Health Center. Attached is a general University Hospital authorization as well as an authorization that includes the release of confidential HIV-related information (any information indicating that a person has had an HIV-related test, or has HIV infection, HIV-related illness or AIDS, or any information that could indicate a person has been potentially exposed to HIV). You only need to complete one of these forms. If you are releasing only non-HIV medical information, you may use the University Hospital Patient Request for Access to Health Information. If you are unsure which one to complete, please consult your case manager. The form will be checked for completion and then forwarded to University Hospital’s Health Information Management Department (HIM). Requests are usually completed within 30 days; if additional time is needed, you will receive a formal letter from HIM. Fees for the cost of copying and processing your records may apply. For additional information, please call the STAR Health Center at 718.270.3745 or the HIM Department at 718.270.1845.