Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
SUNY Upstate Medical University is committed to protecting the privacy of our patient's and the confidentiality of the health information they entrust to us. Although New York State law has always afforded a high level of privacy protection, a new federal law called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule places additional responsibilities on healthcare organizations to assure that the patient privacy and the confidentiality of health information is appropriately safeguarded from inappropriate use and disclosure. As of April 14, 2003 all workforce members, including faculty, staff, students and volunteers must sign a SUNY Upstate Medical University confidentiality agreement and are provided with detailed education related to the HIPAA Privacy Rule and our privacy practices. In addition, SUNY Upstate has instituted a Privacy Office and an Institutional Privacy Administrator to coordinate and oversee the privacy compliance program.