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Patient Information Privacy Program

UW Medicine Compliance oversees the development, implementation and monitoring of UW Medicine’s Patient Information Privacy Program (i.e., HIPAA and other federal and state laws governing patient privacy).

UW Medicine Compliance is responsible for the following:

  • Monitoring developments in the regulatory environment and recommending institutional program modifications as needed
  • Serving as the primary source for technical expertise regarding patient information privacy-related issues
  • Developing and disseminating privacy program policies
  • Designing effective education and outreach mechanisms, auditing plans and methodologies, and procedures to ensure the effective intake and handling of complaints
  • Ensuring the effective administration of program requirements and timely handling of complaints
  • Collecting and synthesizing data needed to report on program operations and initiatives, maintaining and disseminating data regarding the completion of mandatory training, and maintaining a master issue log
  • Providing quarterly reports to UW Medicine leaders on ­­the overall status of the Patient Information Privacy Program
  • Serving as official point of contact between UW Medicine and the regulatory agencies responsible for enforcing HIPAA
  • Briefing appropriate institutional officials regarding urgent or emergent issues, critical events and disclosures made to federal or state regulatory agencies
  • Assessing risks and developing strategies to minimize or mitigate exposure

The links below can provide additional information on the Patient Information Privacy Program.

Patient Information Privacy Program Contacts

If you need further assistance or have any questions about patient privacy or security issues, contact a Privacy and ID Theft Prevention team member.