Understanding HIPAA

Patients’ Right to Medical Privacy


All of us at Sky Lakes Medical Center are dedicated to delivering excellent patient-centered care and committed to providing healthcare services consistent with the very highest standards of ethics and integrity, and to protecting the privacy of our patients and their confidential medical information.

What is HIPAA?


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was created to ensure patients’ healthcare information remain confidential. This law tells us how, when and with whom we can share patients’ healthcare information.


The HIPAA privacy regulations mean patients have the right to:

  • Request access to their protected health information.
  • Request an amendment or correction to their protected health information.
  • Request the restriction or limit the use of their protected health information.
  • Refuse to be contacted for fundraising activities.
  • Request to keep their name off of the patient directory.


All of us at Sky Lakes Medical Center are personally responsible for respecting and protecting the privacy rights of our patients. This means not sharing patient information with anyone who should not have access to that information.


Only those involved in the care and treatment of a patient are allowed access to that patient’s medical record.

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