Privacy and the Medical Forensic Exam: FAQs for SANEs Serving Patients on Campus

Sexual assault on campus is a difficult process to navigate for victims and when they seek care from SANE programs, they may have questions about privacy that SANEs are not able to answer. In 2018 the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) in partnership with IAFN, developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to assist SANEs with determining which federal laws apply to a campus victim’s sexual assault medical forensic exam records. During this webinar, Marissa Korbel from VRLC, and Angelita Olowu and Kim Day from IAFN will review the recently developed FAQ document for SANE. SANEs are very familiar with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), but may not be as familiar with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Both of these laws may impact the patient’s privacy, and it is essential that SANEs who are providing care to patients on and from college campuses’ understand this. These two laws will be outlined in this webinar and the frequently asked questions about them will be discussed. Objectives: Define HIPAA and FERPA and what these laws mean with respect to the medical forensic record. Outline the privacy implications that this can have for the patient. Discuss common questions that SANE have asked and outline the responses to them.

Presented by: Marissa Korbel from VRLC, Angelita Olowu from IAFN and Kim Day from IAFN

The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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