With the exceptions outlined in the UHS Notice of Privacy Practices (see Helpful Links), UHS cannot disclose your medical information to any individual, organization, or facility - including other campus departments, faculty, or staff - unless you give your written permission for us to do so.
This means we cannot tell your roommate, a professor, or even a family member about your appointments, calls to the Nurse Advice Line, or consultations with staff in our Health Promotion Resource Center.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that we make all UHS patients aware of our Notice of Privacy Practices. This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to your medical information. Click UHS Notice of Privacy Practices in Helpful Links for details.
In some instances, if you are under age 18 and the law requires that your parents/guardians give their consent for your medical treatment, your parents may request information about your care. However, most UT students under age 18 are in situations that legally allow them to give their own consent for medical treatment. For a list of situations in which those under 18 can consent for themselves, click Consent by Minor to Own Treatment in Helpful Links.
As a patient of UHS or any other healthcare facility you have certain rights, including rights to privacy, respect, professionalism, and competent medical care. You also carry certain responsibilities to help optimize the care you receive.
Patients have the responsibility to provide accurate and complete information about current and past illnesses, medications including herbal supplements, and other matters pertaining to their health and complete medical history.
Patients have the responsibility to follow the treatment plan recommended by their practitioner or express concerns regarding their ability to comply.
Patients have the responsibility to inform the medical staff at UHS of any living will, medical power of attorney, or other directive that could affect his/her care.
Patients are responsible for their actions if they refuse treatment or do not follow the practitioner's instructions.
Patients have the responsibility of informing the UHS healthcare providers and staff if they do not understand the plan of treatment.
Patients have the responsibility to arrive as scheduled for appointments and to cancel in advance appointments they cannot keep.
Patients have the responsibility to become informed of the scope of basic services offered, the costs, and the necessity for medical insurance and to actively seek clarification of any aspect of participation in UHS services and programs (including cost) that is not understood.
Patients have the responsibility to accept personal responsibility for any charges not covered by his/her medical insurance.
Patients have the responsibility to be respectful of all UHS healthcare providers, UHS staff and other patients.