This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and
how you can get access to this information. Please read this notice carefully.
We at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute pledge to give you, our patients, the highest quality
health care. But just as important to the mission and goals of Dana-Farber is our belief
that every patient and family member deserves to be treated with respect. We encourage
you, as a patient or the legal representative of a patient, to play a role in your treatment
and care. One way you can do this is by understanding your rights. We are committed to
ensuring that these rights are protected.
Your overall rights as a patient are described in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Patient Rights and
Responsibilities brochure. Many of your rights are also guaranteed under state and federal laws,
particularly the Massachusetts law known as the “Patient Bill of Rights.” (M.G.L. c. 111 sec. 70E).
You also have special rights with respect to your health information, which are explained in this notice.
We will do our best to make sure that all patients (or their parents, guardians, or legal representatives, as
appropriate) receive this notice in person when they come to Dana-Farber for the first time.
This notice is being given to you because federal law gives you the right to be told ahead of time about:
x how Dana-Farber will handle your personal health information;
x Dana-Farber’s legal duty to protect the confidentiality of your health information; and
x your rights regarding your health information.
The privacy practices described here will be followed by all employees, medical staff, other health-care
professionals, trainees, students, or volunteers who are part of the Dana-Farber system. An up-to-date
version will be available at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. You can also obtain a copy of this notice, and
a copy of our Patient Rights and Responsibilities brochure, by calling the