GENETIC DATA AND USAGE
Notice of Privacy Practices
Avellino Lab USA, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Avellino”) are committed to protect the privacy of your identifiable health information (“protected health information” or “PHI”). PHI is your demographic information, medical history, laboratory results, and other health information that may be collected, generated, used, and communicated by Avellino to produce genetic testing results and bill for Avellino’s testing services. Examples of PHI include your name, date of birth, medical record number, social security number, and genetic information.
How Avellino May Use or Disclose Your Health Information
Law Enforcement Activities and Legal Proceedings
Avellino may use and disclose your PHI, if necessary, to prevent or lessen a serious threat to your health and safety or that of the general public. To the extent so required, Avellino may also provide PHI to law enforcement officials, for example, in response to a warrant, investigative demand or similar legal process, or for officials to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person.
Avellino may also disclose PHI to appropriate agencies, as required under the law, if it reasonably believes an individual to be a victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence. Avellino may also disclose your PHI as required to comply with a subpoena, court or administrative order, or other legal process.
Avellino may disclose PHI for research purposes when an Institutional Review Board or privacy board has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your PHI and determined that the researcher does not need to obtain your authorization prior to using your PHI for research purposes. Avellino may also disclose information about decedents to researchers under certain circumstances.
Avellino will never sell your PHI to any third party without your express written consent.
As Required by Law
Other Uses and Disclosures
Avellino may disclose your PHI for public health-related activities -eg, reporting diseases to authorized public health authorities; public health investigations; or notifying a manufacturer of a product regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of a possible problem encountered when using the product in Avellino’s testing process.
Avellino may disclose your PHI to a healthcare oversight agency for activities that are authorized by law, such as audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure activities. For example, Avellino may disclose your PHI to agencies responsible for ensuring compliance with the rules of government health programs such as Medicare or Medicaid.
Your Rights Regarding Your Medical Information
Right to Receive Test Information
You, or your authorized or designated personal representative, have the right to inspect and copy the PHI maintained by Avellino. Avellino may deny access to certain information for specific reasons, for example, if the access requested is reasonably likely to endanger the life or safety of you or another person. If your request for information is denied, you may request that the denial be reviewed.
Right to Amend Health Information
You may request amendments to your PHI by making a written request. However, Avellino may deny the request in some cases (such as if Avellino determines that the PHI is accurate), in which case Avellino will provide you with a written explanation of the reason for the denial and additional information regarding further actions that you may take.
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures
You have the right to receive a list of certain disclosures of your PHI made by Avellino in the past 6 years from the date of your written request. Under the law, this does not include disclosures made for purposes of treatment, payment, or healthcare operations or certain other purposes.
Right to Request Restrictions
You have the right to request restrictions on Avellino’s use and disclosure of your PHI. While Avellino will consider all requests for additional restrictions carefully, it is not required to agree to a requested restriction except for payment or operations restrictions where payment has been made “out-of-pocket” and paid-in-full. If Avellino agrees to a requested restriction, you will be notified in writing.
Right to Request Confidential Communications
You have the right to request that Avellino send your health information by alternative means or to an alternative address, and Avellino will accommodate reasonable requests.
Right to a Copy of this Notice
How to Exercise Your Rights
You may write or send an email to Avellino with your specific request, including requesting a form to complete to obtain a copy of your test results. Avellino will consider your request and provide you a response.
Information Breach Notification
Avellino reserves the right to change its privacy practices and the terms of this notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by applicable law. Avellino will promptly post any changes to this notice on its website at www.avellino.com. Please review this website periodically to ensure that you are aware of any updates.