Nursing Service Records (August 29, 2003, 68 FR 51998)
Air Force hospitals, medical centers and clinics. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of record systems notices.
CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:
Active duty and retired military personnel; Air Force civilian employees; Air Force Reserve and National Guard personnel; Air Force Academy cadets; dependents of military personnel; Foreign Nationals residing in the United States; American Red Cross personnel, Peace Corps and State Department personnel; Exchange officers, anyone admitted to inpatient status in Air Force medical facilities.
CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
File contains 24‑hour nursing reports, listings of ward patients and registers containing information on operations performed.
AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:
10 U.S.C. 55, Medical and dental care, and 10 U.S.C. 8067(e), Designation: officers to perform certain professional functions, as implemented by Air Force Instruction 46-102, Nursing Care.
Used by Chief Nurse and other management personnel to determine nursing care work loads and allocate resources.
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:
Records are used and reviewed by health care providers in the performance of their duties. Health care providers include military and civilian providers assigned to the medical facility where care is being provided. Students participating in a training affiliation program with a USAF medical facility may also use and review records as part of their training program.
The DoD 'Blanket Routine Uses' published at the beginning of the Air Force's compilation of systems of records notices apply to this system.
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:
Maintained in file folders, notebooks and binders.
Retrieved by name, dates of admission and discharge from medical facility, date of operation.
Records are accessed by person(s) responsible for servicing the record system in performance of their official duties and by authorized personnel who are properly screened and cleared for need‑to‑know. Records are stored in locked rooms and cabinets.
RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:
Retained in office files for three months after monthly cutoff, then destroyed by tearing into pieces, shredding, pulping, macerating, or burning. Operation registers are destroyed after five years.
SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:
The Surgeon General, Headquarters, United States Air Force. Chief Nurses of medical centers and hospitals. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of system notices.
Individuals seeking to determine whether this system of records contains information on them should address inquiries to or visit the system manager. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of record systems notices. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of record systems notices.
RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES:
Individuals seeking to access records about themselves contained in this system should address requests to the system manager.
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:
From medical records and personal observations of Nursing Service personnel.
EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM:
FEDERAL REGISTER HISTORY: