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Patient Rights and Privacy

Patient's Rights

The state and federal government requires that all hospital patients in New York State be given certain information and materials when they are admitted to a hospital. The information in the Upstate Patient Handbook is our commitment to informing you of required information and your rights as a patient in New York State.

The second section of the handbook, titled "Your Rights as a Hospital Patient in New York State," is divided into two parts. The first part provides an explanation of your rights and contains a glossary to help you understand some terms you may encounter while you are in the hospital. The second part presents a replica of each document that New York State
law requires you receive as a patient.

The New York State Patient Bill of Rights explains your rights as a patient:

Patient Privacy

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

SUNY Upstate Medical University (Upstate), including University Hospital, is required by law to protect the privacy of health information that may reveal your identity and to provide you with our notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information. This notice describes the health information privacy practices of Upstate, members of our health care staff who provide care at University Hospital, and other health professionals who are involved in your care and perform payment activities and/or business operations for or with our hospital. This notice also describes how we may use and disclose your health information and your rights to access and control your health information.

If you have questions about any part of this notice or would like to discuss our privacy practices, please contact:

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Institutional Privacy Administrator
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, New York 13212