At UW Health, we are vigilant about protecting patient privacy.
kNOw Sharing emphasizes three key reminders of how to protect patient privacy during in-person visits:
- kNOw who is viewing patient information at all times: Ask permission prior to sharing the computer screen or a printout with anyone that is not your patient.
“This screen contains your personal health information and may include anything related to your health now or in your past. Is it okay if we share it with your [parent/friend/spouse] here today?”
- kNOw that you’ve secured the patient record and verbally acknowledge it:Make a conscious effort to log into the patient record and to secure it at the end of the session, with verbal acknowledgements each time.
“I’m going to sign into your electronic health record now” and “Let me secure your record.”
- kNOw what information you are permitted to provide
- Check twice to avoid a mix-up. Be sure the information on a computer screen or in a printout belongs to your current patient.
- Understand what information is available to your adolescent patient: Information that populates the After Visit Summary (AVS) for 12-17 year olds is limited to exclude sections that may contain potentially confidential information. To include the omitted information, you may consider using these smartphrases in the Patient Instruction section.
- .AVSADOLCOMPLETE restores all omitted information
- .AVSADOLPARTIAL restores only omitted information related to the current encounter.
- Information in MyChart remains available to parents via proxy access, but is similarly limited for the 12-17 year old population. At this time, adolescents do not have personal access to their own MyChart account.
Please direct questions to Dr. David Kunstman or UW Health privacy officers:
Steven P. Means, General Counsel, Vice President of Legal Services & Compliance, University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation
Daniel J. Weissburg, JD, CHC, Compliance & Privacy Officer, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Tricia L. Feiertag, Interim Privacy Officer, University of Wisconsin-Madison