HIPAA Privacy Policy

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

In accordance with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA"), Real-Time Diagnostics, Inc. (RTD) is required to inform you of its practices in relation to the protected health information it maintains about you. HIPAA mandates minimum standards that a covered entity such as Real-Time Diagnostics, Inc. must maintain in relation to your protected health information. This Notice of Privacy Policy is being provided to help you understand how RTD meets these minimum standards. It is also meant to inform you of the ways that RTD may use the personal information it collects about you and how it may disclose it.

Understanding Your Protected Health Information

When you receive care from a health care provider, a record of that treatment is made. This record will typically contain information on your diagnosis, treatment, and future plan of treatment and is often collectively referred to as your medical record. This medical record includes protected health information, lays the foundation for determining your plan of care and treatment, and allows for a successful means of communication among all healthcare professionals that contribute to your care.

HIPAA protects information found in your medical record from disclosure without your authorization. The information protected by HIPAA includes:

  1. Any information related to your past, present or future physical or mental health,
  2. The past, present or future payment for health services you have received,
  3. The specific care that you have received, are receiving or will receive,
  4. Any information that identifies you as the individual receiving the care, and
  5. Any information that someone could reasonably use to identify you as receiving the care.

This information is referred to as protected health information throughout this Notice.

Treatment, Payment and Healthcare Operations

RTD will use your protected health information for the purposes of treatment, payment and healthcare operations.

Treatment - As it pertains to RTD, treatment means providing to you drugs, medications, supplies and durable medical equipment services as ordered by your physician. It also includes coordination and consultation with your physician and other health care providers. RTD will use this information, in coordination with your physician, to determine the best course of treatment for you.

Payment - Payment purposes consist of activities required to obtain reimbursement from your insurance carrier for the services ordered by your physician and provided to you by RTD. This includes, but is not limited to, eligibility determination, pre-certification, billing and collection activities, obtaining documentation required by your insurer, and when applicable, disclosure of limited information to consumer reporting agencies.

Healthcare operations - Operations can include, but are not limited to, review of your protected health information by members of RTD. This information will then be utilized to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of the services provided to you by RTD. Healthcare operations also include RTD's business management and general administrative activities.

Your Rights As A Patient of Real-Time Diagnostics, Inc.

In accordance with HIPAA, you have the following rights in relation to your protected health information:

  1. You may request, in writing, additional restrictions to the use or disclosure of your protected health information; however, RTD is not required to agree to the request for restrictions.
  2. You have the right to request amendments to your medical record.
  3. You have the right of access to inspect and obtain a copy of your medical record, subject to certain limitations.
  4. You have the right to obtain an accounting of disclosures of your medical record for purposes other than treatment, payment and healthcare operations.
  5. You have the right to request communications of your medical record by alternative means (i.e. electronically) or at alternative locations.
  6. You have the right to revoke authorization to use or disclose your protected health information except to the extent that action has already occurred.

Please be advised that Real-Time Diagnostics, Inc. reserves the right to change the Privacy Policy and make changes to applicable to all protected health information maintained at that time. If there is a change to its Privacy Policy, it will provide you with a revised notice to the most recent address you have supplied.

Responsibilities of Real-Time Diagnostics, Inc.

In accordance with HIPAA, Real-Time Diagnostics, Inc. is required to:

  1. Maintain the confidentiality of your protected health information. Your state laws may provide more protection than the federal laws and, in that case, RTD will abide by the more restrictive statute.
  2. Provide you with notice of RTD's legal obligations and privacy practices regarding information it may accumulate about you and is obligated to abide by the terms of this notice.
  3. Notify you if RTD is unable to agree to a requested restriction, and make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests for communication of health information by alternative means.
  4. Post its Notice of Privacy Practices on this website.

Other Uses and Disclosures

In order to release information contained in your medical record for purposes other than treatment, payment or healthcare operations, RTD must obtain a specific signed authorization from you. You may revoke such authorization at any time, except to the extent RTD has taken action in reliance on the authorization.

There are a limited number of other uses and disclosures of protected health information that do not require a specific authorization from you. Please refer to this website for other uses and disclosures.

For More Information

If you have questions, would like additional information, or if you suspect misuse of your protected health information and believe your rights have been violated, you may, without fear of retaliation, contact:

Real-Time Diagnostics
23247 Pinewood St.
Warren, MI 48091
Attention: Privacy Officer.

The Privacy Officer can be contacted by telephone at 1-866-662-7897.

This notice is effective June 1, 2009.