HIPAA Compliance

At Women’s Health Center of Chicago (WOHCC), we are committed to protecting the privacy and security of your protected health information (PHI) in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its related regulations. This HIPAA compliance statement outlines our practices and procedures for safeguarding your PHI when you interact with our website.

  1. Use and Disclosure of PHI: WOHCC collects and uses PHI only as necessary for the provision of healthcare services and related activities. We will not disclose your PHI without your written consent, except as permitted or required by law.

  2. Secure Data Transmission: When you submit any PHI through our website, such as appointment requests or contact forms, we utilize industry-standard encryption and security measures to ensure the secure transmission of your information.

  3. Patient Rights: You have certain rights regarding your PHI, including the right to access, request amendments, and obtain an accounting of disclosures. If you have any questions or wish to exercise these rights, please contact our office directly.

  4. Business Associates: WOHCC may engage third-party service providers, known as business associates, to assist in the provision of healthcare services. We enter into agreements with these business associates to ensure they also comply with HIPAA regulations and adequately protect your PHI.

  5. Privacy Practices: WOHCC has implemented comprehensive privacy practices to safeguard your PHI, including administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. These practices are designed to prevent unauthorized access, use, or disclosure of your PHI.

  6. Breach Notification: In the event of a breach of unsecured PHI, WOHCC will comply with HIPAA requirements by promptly notifying affected individuals and the necessary regulatory authorities.

  7. Notice of Privacy Practices: WOHCC provides a Notice of Privacy Practices that describes how we may use and disclose your PHI, your rights as a patient, and how to exercise those rights. This notice is available on our website and is provided to you upon request.

  8. Staff Training: WOHCC ensures that all employees and workforce members receive regular training on HIPAA compliance, including the importance of safeguarding PHI and adhering to privacy and security policies.

  9. Complaints and Reporting: If you believe your privacy rights have been violated or have any concerns regarding our HIPAA compliance, please contact us directly. You also have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights.

Please note that while we take every precaution to protect your PHI, no method of data transmission or storage is entirely secure. It is important to exercise caution when submitting sensitive information through our website or any electronic means.

By using our website and providing your PHI, you acknowledge and consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your PHI as described in our HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices and this HIPAA compliance statement.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our HIPAA compliance or the protection of your PHI, please contact Women’s Health Center of Chicago for further assistance.