Protecting your privacy is our focus
The privacy of your patient information is very important to Shawnee Mission Health. Please read our Patient Privacy Notice. Spanish version of our Patient Privacy Notice (Spanish). Please note that within our Patient Privacy Notice we have posted the main state laws that are more stringent than HIPAA. We ask you for consent to release your medical information as required by these state laws in our Admission Agreement.
Shawnee Mission Health is owned by Adventist Health System (AHS). The law permits AHS to bring together or affiliate its health care providers and health plan(s) into one single affiliated entity for purposes of sharing patient information to treat you, obtain payment from you or perform health care operations, such as quality improvement. We have attached a list of the AHS entities that are part of the AHS affiliated entity referred to in the Patient Privacy Notice, please click on this AHS affiliated entity link to view this list.
If you do not see your health care provider’s name on the affiliated entity list, it may be because each AHS entity does business under a variety of other names for business purposes. However, all of these names are still legally part of that one AHS entity. Click here to view the list of names used by each corporation for their business purposes.
Your Rights Regarding Electronic Health Information Exchange
Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) participates in electronic health information exchange, or HIE. New technology allows a provider or a health plan to make a single request through a health information organization, or HIO, to obtain electronic records for a specific patient from other HIE participants for purposes of treatment, payment, or health care operations. HIOs are required to use appropriate safeguards to prevent unauthorized uses and disclosures.
You have two options with respect to HIE. First, you may permit authorized individuals to access your electronic health information through an HIO. If you choose this option, you do not have to do anything.
Second, you may restrict access to all of your information through an HIO (except access by properly authorized individuals as needed to report specific information as required by law). If you wish to restrict access, you must complete and submit a specific form available at http://www.khie.org. You cannot restrict access to certain information only; your choice is to permit or restrict access to all of your information.
If you have questions regarding HIE or HIOs, please visit http://www.khie.org for additional information.
Even if you restrict access through an HIO, providers and health plans may share your information directly through other means (e.g., facsimile or secure e-mail) without your specific written authorization.
If you receive health care services in a state other than Kansas, different rules may apply regarding restrictions on access to your electronic health information. Please communicate directly with your out-of-state health care provider regarding those rules.