At Massachusetts General Hospital, we place the highest priority on a patient's right to privacy. We respect the privacy and confidentiality of each patient's health information.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Mass General adheres to the requirements outlined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which ensures security and privacy of an individual's medical records and promotes privacy and trust between patients and their health care providers.
As part of HIPAA requirements, all new patients seeing their health care provider upon their initial visit are required to sign an acknowledgement form to indicate that they have received the Privacy Notice. The Privacy Notice describes how the hospital/provider uses and shares your personal health information.
View the Partners HealthCare Notice for Use of and Sharing of Protected Health Information for more information about your privacy rights as a patient.
Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS)
Vaccinations received during your visit are reported to the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS), as required by law. The MIIS is a statewide system to keep track of vaccination records and is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). If you do not want your MIIS records shared with your health care providers, you must submit an Objection to Data Sharing Form to the MDPH. For more information about the MIIS, visit www.mass.gov/dph/miis or call the Massachusetts Immunization Program at 617-983-6800 or 888-658-2850.
Massachusetts General Hospital was the first hospital in the state to earn Magnet recognition, the highest honor for nursing excellence awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.