Medical Treatment Facility Tumor Registry (June 16, 2003, 68 FR 35646)
Air Force medical centers, hospitals, and clinics.
CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:
All individuals who were diagnosed as having or were treated for cancer in an armed forces medical treatment facility.
CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
Files contain summaries of treatment provided cancer patients, to include tumor board evaluations, comprehensive chronological summaries of care rendered, a locator system, suspense files for required follow-up treatment and/or evaluation.
AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:
10 U.S.C. Chapter 55, Medical and Dental Care.
Used by the military departments for clinical and statistical analysis of designated medical and dental cases, their treatment and results. The files serve as the repository of clinical information relating to individuals evaluated and/or treated in Air Force medical facilities. It is used to conduct statistical analysis and to provide clinical information to other federal medical services, scientific institutions and qualified members of the medical and dental professions (information identifiable by name is released only with permission of the patient). Information is used by the medical facilities to promote education programs and to develop statistics designed to be used as a basis for developing improved diagnostic and therapeutic standards. Used by the individual physician or scientist to develop and write professional papers, and is used by hospital tumor registries to update their case records as to status and quality of survival of individual patients.
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 may be provided to other hospital tumor registries, physicians, scientific institutions.
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, card files, on computer and computer paper printouts, roll microfilm or microfiche.
Retrieved by name or Social Security Number.
Records are accessed by custodian of record system and by person(s) responsible for servicing the record system in performance of their official duties. Records are stored in locked cabinets or rooms and controlled by computer system software.
RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:
Records located at medical facilities are retained in the office files until inactivation of the tumor board or the facility, then forwarded to facility assuming patient responsibility.
SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:
Commanders of armed forces medical facilities. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of systems of records notices.
Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system should address written inquiries to or visit the Commanders of armed forces medical facilities. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of systems of records notices.
Requests must include full name, Social Security Number of sponsor, accession number.
RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES:
Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system should address written inquiries to or visit the Commanders of armed forces medical facilities. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of systems of records notices.
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 obtained from medical institutions and from source documents such as reports.
EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM:
FEDERAL REGISTER HISTORY: