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Patient Privacy

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As your healthcare provider, OMC takes very seriously its responsibly to protect the privacy of your personal information. As a patient, you have certain rights to see and protect your healthcare records.

If you are an Olmsted Medical Center patient, you will be asked to sign a “HIPAA form.” HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. HIPAA was put in place to 1) protect health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs and 2) protect consumer rights, improve efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery, and reduce opportunities for fraud and abuse.

Many of the concrete steps we take to protect the privacy of personal health information will not be obvious to most patients, including complex electronic-device and network security protocols, secure storage and disposal of personal health information, comprehensive and ongoing training for caregivers, and periodic security audits to verify that our safeguards are working. What may be more obvious is a greater sense of security and safety in OMC's patient waiting areas, rooms, and open spaces.

So that you are an informed, we suggest you read Olmsted Medical Center’s Notice of Privacy Practices regarding Protected Health Information (PHI):

Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information (English)

Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information (Spanish)

Please contact OMC's privacy specialist at 507.287.2776 with any questions or concerns about the privacy of your PHI.

Want to request release of your protected health information? Visit this page for consent forms and contact information.