Automated Medical/Dental Record System (August 29, 2003, 68 FR 51998)
At Air Force medical centers, hospitals and clinics, major command headquarters and field operating agencies. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of systems of records notices.
CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:
Any individual who is hospitalized in, is dead on arrival at, or has received medical or dental care at an Air Force medical treatment facility.
Individuals who have received medical care at other DoD or civilian medical facilities but whose records are maintained at or processed by Air Force medical facilities.
Any military active duty member who is on an excused‑from‑duty status, on quarters, or subsistence elsewhere, on convalescent leave, meets Medical Evaluation Board (MEB), or a Physical Evaluation Board (PEB), on an outpatient basis or who is hospitalized in a non‑federal hospital and for whom an Air Force medical facility has assumed administrative responsibility.
Any individual who has undergone medical or dental examinations at any Air Force medical facility (or whose records are maintained or processed by the Air Force), e.g., pre‑employment examinations and food handlers examinations, or who has otherwise had medical or dental tests performed at any Air Force medical facility.
CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
Files consist of automated records of treatment received and medical/dental test performed on an inpatient/outpatient basis in military medical treatment facilities and of military members treated in civilian facilities. These records may include radiographic images and reports, Electrocardiographic tracings and reports, laboratory test results and reports, blood gas analysis reports, occupational health records, dental radiographic reports and records, automated cardiac catheterization data and reports, physical examination reports, patient administration and scheduling reports, pharmacy prescriptions and reports, food service reports, hearing conservation tests, cardiovascular fitness examinations and reports, reports of medical waivers granted for flight duty, and other inpatient and outpatient data and reports. They may contain information relating to medical/dental examinations and treatments, inoculations, appointment and scheduling information, and other medical and/or dental information.
AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:
10 U.S.C. 55, Medical and Dental Care, and E.O. 9397 (SSN).
Used as a record of patient's medical/dental health, diagnosis, and treatment and disposition while authorized care.
Used to help determine individual's qualification for duty, for security clearances and for assignments.
Used by an individual or his legal representative for further medical care, legal purposes, or other uses such as insurance requests or compensation and other health care providers for further care of the patient, research teaching, and legal purposes.
Used by medical treatment facility staff for evaluation of staff performance in the care rendered; for preparation of statistical reports; for reporting communicable diseases and other conditions required by law to federal and state agencies.
Used by Army, Navy, Department of Veterans Affairs, Public Health Service or civilian hospitals for continued medical care of the patient.
Used by insurance companies (only with the patient's written consent for release, except as authorized in 10 U.S.C. 1095) for arbitrating insurance claims.
Used by other federal agencies such as Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Labor (workmen's compensation) for adjudication of claims; for reporting communicable diseases or other conditions required by law.
Used to provide input to other DoD medical records systems including the Medical Record System, the Dental Personnel Actions, and other DoD agencies (e.g., Army Navy) when such agency is normally the primary source or repository of medical information about the individual.
ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES:
In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act, these records or information contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:
Information from the inpatient or outpatient medical records of retirees and dependents may be disclosed to third party payers in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 1095 as amended by Pub.L. 99-272, for the purpose of collecting reasonable inpatient/outpatient hospital care costs incurred on behalf of retirees or dependents. In addition, records may be disclosed to:
- Officials and employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the performance of their official duties relating to the adjudication of veterans claims and in providing medical care to members of the Air Force./li>
- Officials and employees of other departments and agencies of the Executive Branch of government upon request in the performance of their official duties relating to review of the official qualifications and medical history of applicants and employees who are covered by this record system and for the conduct of research studies./li>
- Private organizations (including educational institutions) and individuals for authorized health research in the interest of the Federal government and the public. When not considered mandatory, patient identification data shall be eliminated from records used for research studies./li>
- Officials and employees of the National Research Council in cooperative studies of the National History of Disease; of prognosis and of epidemiology. Each study in which the records of members and former members of the Air Force are used must be approved by the Surgeon General of the Air Force./li>
- Officials and employees of local and state governments and agencies in the performance of their official duties pursuant to the laws and regulations governing local control of communicable diseases, preventive medicine and safety programs, child abuse and other public health and welfare programs./li>
- Authorized surveying bodies for professional certification and accreditation./li>
- The individual's organization or government agency as necessary when required by Federal statute, Executive Order, or by treaty./li>
- Public Health Service or civilian hospitals for continued medical care of the patient./li>
- Other federal agencies such as Department of Labor (workman's compensation) for adjudication of claims; for reporting communicable diseases of other conditions required by law.
The DoD 'Blanket Routine Uses' published at the beginning of the agency's compilation of record system notices apply to this system, except as stipulated in 'Note' below.
NOTE: Records of identity, diagnosis, prognosis or treatment of any client/patient, irrespective of whether or when he/she ceases to be a client/patient, maintained in connection with the performance of any alcohol/drug abuse treatment function conducted, requested, or directly or indirectly assisted by any department or agency of the United States, shall, except as provided herein, be confidential and be disclosed only for the purposes and under the circumstances expressly authorized in 42 U.S.C. 290dd-2, and 5 U.S.C. 552. These statutes take precedence over the Privacy Act of 1974 in regard to accessibility of such records except to the individual to whom the record pertains. The DoD 'Blanket Routine Uses' do not apply to these records.
NOTE: This system of records contains individually identifiable health information. The DoD Health Information Privacy Regulation (DoD 6025.18-R) issued pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, applies to most such health information. DoD 6025.18-R may place additional procedural requirements on the uses and disclosures of such information beyond those found in the Privacy Act of 1974 or mentioned in this system of records notice.
POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
Data maintained primarily on magnetic or optical media.
Retrieved by Social Security Number. May also be retrieved by sponsor's Social Security Number in combination with the family member prefix; by name, or by inpatient register number, laboratory accession number, or pharmacy prescription number.
RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:
Computer files are retained for variable lengths of time depending upon the type of information involved and the size and mission of the medical treatment facility. Retention time may vary from one day to ten years. Records are disposed of by erasure of the magnetic computer records and destruction of the computer related worksheets on paper, film, or other media by tearing, shredding, pulping, burning or other destructive methods. Identical medical/dental information may be retained for longer periods of time in other medical records systems (such as inpatient or outpatient charts), including the Medical Record System (F168 AF SG C) and Dental Personnel Actions (SG 162 SG A).
SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:
Major command and field operating agencies; commanders of United States Air Force medical treatment facilities. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of systems notices.
Individuals seeking to determine whether this system of records contains information about themselves should address inquires to the appropriate system manager. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of record systems notices.
RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES:
Individuals seeking access to records about themselves contained in this system should address requests to the appropriate system manager. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of record systems notices.
Requests should include complete name (including maiden name), sponsor's name, Social Security Number or Service Number of person through whom eligibility is established, category of record desired, year in which treatment was provided, whether treatment was inpatient or outpatient. If the individual establishes eligibility through a sponsor other than self, the request should include the relationship to the sponsor, e.g., spouse, second oldest child, parent, etc.
CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:
The Air Force rules for accessing records and for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are published in Air Force Instruction 37-132; 32 CFR part 806b; or may be obtained from the system manager.
RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:
Information is obtained directly from the individual whenever practical and possible; from other individuals when necessary, e.g., when the patient is a child deemed incompetent or is in coma; from other medical institutions; from automated systems interfaces; from medical records, and from patient interactions with physicians and other health care providers.
EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM:
FEDERAL REGISTER HISTORY: