I. WE HAVE A LEGAL DUTY TO SAFEGUARD YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION (PHI)
We are legally required to protect the privacy of health information that may reveal your identity. This information is commonly referred to as "protected health information," or "PHI" for short. It includes information that can be used to identify you that we have created or received about your past, present or future health or condition, the provision of health care to you, or the payment of this health care. We must provide you with this notice about our privacy practices that explains how, when and why we use and disclose your PHI.
With some exceptions, we may not use or disclose any more of your PHI than is necessary to accomplish the purpose of the use or disclosure. We are legally required to follow the privacy practices that are described in this notice.
Please note, however, that special privacy protections apply to HIV/AIDS related information, alcohol and substance abuse treatment information, mental health information and genetic information, which are not set forth in this Notice. These protections will be described in separate notices. To request copies of these notices, please contact the person listed in Section V.
We reserve the right to change the terms of this notice and our privacy policies at any time. Any changes will apply to the PHI we already have. Before we make an important change to our policies, we will promptly change this notice and post a new notice. You can also request a copy of this notice at any time from the contact person listed in Section V, by calling our office, at your next visit, or you can view a copy of the notice on our Web site at http://www.suny.edu/.