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Patient Privacy

Your Health Information

How your Health Information CAN be Used

To make sure that your health information is protected in a way that doesn’t interfere with your health care, your information can be used and shared:

  • For your treatment and care coordination.
  • To pay doctors and hospitals for your health care and help run their businesses.
  • With your family, relatives, friends or others you identify who are involved with your health care or your health-care bills, unless you object.
  • To make sure doctors give good care and nursing homes are clean and safe.
  • To protect the public’s health, such as by reporting when the flu is in your area.
  • To make required reports to the police, such as reporting gunshot wounds.

How your Health Information CANNOT be Used

Without your written permission, your provider cannot:

  • Give your health information to your employer.
  • Use or share your health information for marketing or advertising purposes.
  • Share private notes about your mental health counseling sessions.

Adapted from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights

For more information, please visit the UF Health privacy policy page and visit the University of Florida privacy statement page


How do I get copies of my medical records?

To obtain copies of your medical records, please submit a request form to:

Health Information Management
PO Box 100345
Gainesville, FL 32610

Health Information Management is located in room 1351 at UF Health Shands Hospital or visit UFHealth.org/contact-us for more details.