Health Privacy

Health Privacy

The privacy of health data is governed by two related laws, one known as HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and the other known as FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Health records are strictly protected in the IU privacy program.

Sharing personal health information with IU

There are several situations in which you may share personal health information with IU. Here are some examples:

  • Student records: This includes immunization history. It also includes two-way communications between you and IU, such as COVID-19 test results, your interactions with the related IU Health app, and messages we send via text and email informing you of safety protocols.
  • Clinical services: IU manages specialized clinics such as dental, ophthalmology, and optometry, as well as providing general care at campus locations in Bloomington and Indianapolis. These services are available to students, employees, and the general public.
  • Medical Research: Health data may be shared for research purposes, including recruitment and participation in clinical trials.