What Type of Information Is Shared About Patients?

What Type of Information Is Shared About Patients?

What Type of Information Is Shared About Patients?

Doctors and other health care providers may share information about a patient with his family members and friends involved with his care as long as he does not object, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This is true for mental health services, except for psychotherapy notes.

Although in general, health care providers may provide information about a minor child's health care to his parents, state laws prohibit sharing certain types of information, explains the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Some situations in which information may not be shared include cases of substance abuse or mental health disorders. Health care providers may also share mental health information about a patient with law enforcement authorities if they believe the patient may harm himself.