Privacy and confidentiality at MIT Medical

When you come to MIT Medical for care, or if you make an appointment in Student Mental Health and Counseling Services, you don’t need to worry that your manager, your colleagues, or your family members will find out. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Patient confidentiality is the law. The United States has a law called “HIPAA” that protects patient privacy. (“HIPAA” stands for “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” and is pronounced “hip-ah.”) MIT Medical—and other medical clinics and hospitals in the United States must follow this law.
  • Your visits to MIT Medical are confidential. Anything you tell a doctor or nurse is confidential. Your lab results are confidential. Information about your medical conditions is confidential. We will not share this information with your coworkers, friends, managers, or family members unless you give us permission. The only exceptions are in certain life-threatening situations. 

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