At EPHC, our patients are our number one concern. We want you to know your rights regarding the privacy of your medical records, and we encourage you to take advantage of your ability to craft an advance health care directive/living will.
The privacy of your personal medical information is our utmost concern. For information on patient Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPAA) laws, go to www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services enforces the HIPAA Security Rule protecting your health information and setting national standards for the security of your electronic health records.An Advance Health Care Directive, or living will, enables you to fill out a form, or create your own, which allows you to do the following:
- Gives instructions about your health care in the event you are unable to speak for yourself.
- Names someone to make health care decisions for you in the event that you're unable to make them for yourself.
- Records who you want as your primary physician.
- Lets you give instructions regarding organ donation.
Follow the link below to the Advance Health Care Directive information offered by the California State Attorney General's Office. They offer a detailed explanation of what you might want to include in your individual Advance Health Care Directive.
To view the Advance Health Care Directive form and instructions created for your use by the California State Attorney General's Office, click the link below. You can fill out or amend this form to suit your personal needs.
In the server room, which holds all of EPHC's confidential patient information at one secure site, Julie Walker, RN, Clinical Informatics Specialist, works to teach EPHC nurses how to use the electronic health record. Every health care provider has a unique password which they use to check into and out of the EHR. We work hard to make sure your patient information is kept confidential. It's the law, and it's what you deserve.