Notice of Privacy Practices

This note describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you may get access to this information. Please read it carefully.

LifeWatch Services, Inc. is dedicated to protecting your medical information. We are required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information and to provide you with this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information. LifeWatch Services, Inc. is required by law to abide by the terms of this Notice.

How your medical information will be used and disclosed:
We will use your medical information as part of rendering diagnostic services. For example, your medical information may be used by the doctor or nurse treating you, by the business office to process your payment for the services rendered and by administrative personnel reviewing the quality of the care you receive.

We may also use and/or disclose your information in accordance with federal and state laws for the following purposes:

Treatment Information: We may contact you with information about the use of LifeWatch Services, Inc. diagnostic services or the devices you used in the course of our providing diagnostic services.

Disclosure to Department of Health and Human Services: We may disclose medical information when required by the United States Department of Health and Human Services as part of an investigation or determination of our compliance with relevant laws.

Family and Friends: Unless you object, we may disclose your medical information to immediate family members when the medical information is directly relevant to that person’s involvement with your care and when LifeWatch Services, Inc. needs to reach you about our diagnostic services or equipment.

Disaster Relief: We may disclose your medical information to a public or private entity, such as the American Red Cross, for the purpose of coordinating with that entity to assist in disaster relief efforts. This provision applies to patients deemed to be at risk at the time a disaster occurs, and only when the disaster impacts the patient’s locality.

Abuse or Neglect: We may disclose your medical information when it concerns abuse, neglect or violence to you in accordance with federal and state law.

Legal Proceedings: We may disclose your medical information in the course of certain judicial or administrative proceedings.

Law Enforcement: We may disclose your medical information for law enforcement purposes or other specialized governmental functions.

Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors: We may disclose your medical information to a coroner, medical examiner or a funeral director.

Public Safety & Emergency Care: We may use or disclose your medical information to prevent or lessen a serious threat to the health or safety of the patient when requested by a treating public safety agency (emergency medical personnel) or a physician rendering emergency care.

Workers’ Compensation: We may disclose your medical information as authorized by laws relating to workers’ compensation or similar programs when applicable and only when requested by your carrier.

Business Associates: We may disclose your health information to a business associate with whom we contract to provide services on our behalf. To protect your health information, we require our business associates to appropriately safeguard the health information of our patients.

Authorizations:
We will not use or disclose your medical information for any other purpose without your written authorization. Once given, you may revoke your authorization in writing at any time. To request a Revocation of Authorization form, you may contact:

Compliance Officer
LifeWatch Services, Inc.
O’Hare International Center II
10255 West Higgins Road Suite 100
Rosemont IL 60018

YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION:
You have the following rights with respect to your medical information:

  • You may ask us to restrict certain uses and disclosures of your medical information. We are not required to agree to your request, but if we do, we will honor it.
  • You have the right to receive communications from us in a confidential manner. Generally, you may inspect and copy your medical information. This right is subject to certain specific exceptions, and you may be charged a reasonable fee for any copies of your records.
  • You may ask us to amend your medical information. We may deny your request for certain specific reasons. If we deny your request, we will provide you with a written explanation for the denial and information regarding further rights you may have at that point.
  • You have the right to receive an accounting of the disclosures of your medical information made by LifeWatch Services, Inc. during the last six years, except for disclosures for treatment, payment or healthcare operations, disclosures which you authorized and certain other specific disclosure types.
  • You may request a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information.
  • You have the right to complain to us and/or to the United States Department of Health and Human Services if you believe that we have violated your privacy rights. If you choose to file a complaint, you will not be retaliated against in any way.

To file a complaint, please contact us in writing:

Compliance Officer
LifeWatch Services, Inc.
O’Hare International Center II
10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 100
Rosemont IL 60018

This notice is effective as of December, 20, 2016.

Revision of notice of privacy practice 

We reserve the right to change the terms of this Notice, making any revision applicable to all the protected health information we maintain. If we revise the terms of this Notice, we will post a revised notice at LifeWatch Services, Inc. and will make paper copies of the revised Notice of Privacy Practices available upon request.