Confidentiality

 

Protecting Your Privacy
 
Is my privacy protected?
Yes. Healthways protects the confidentiality of your information, in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, which prohibits anyone from receiving your personal health information without your permission. Healthways may provide the State of Ohio with collective data about its population as a whole, but not any individual health information unless you consent to provide. Healthways does not sell your information and is not a telemarketing service.
 
Who Is Healthways?
For over 30 years, Healthways has inspired more than 38 million people worldwide to achieve their personal best. By using proven health support techniques, quality medical information, and caring health professionals, the Healthways team meets you where you are and takes you where you want to go, creating better health and well-being for a better you.
 
What are the biometric screening and Well-Being Assessment?
The biometric screening and Well-Being Assessment gives you the information you need to improve your overall well-being. The State of Ohio has partnered with Healthways to deliver this program and ensure your privacy. By participating in a Health Screening and completing a confidential questionnaire, you will learn more about your current health status, how your lifestyle habits affect your well-being, and what you can do to make healthier choices. The program is voluntary and completely confidential. It is important to answer all questions as accurately as possible. This ensures the results reflect your true health status. Biometric measurements are not necessary to complete the Well-Being Assessment; however, having this detailed information allows the experience to be more personalized for you.
 
What happens during the biometric screening?
At a biometric screening, a health professional will measure your height, weight, waist circumference, and resting blood pressure. A small sample of blood will be collected to determine your cholesterol, glucose levels, triglycerides, and other factors that can lead to lifestyle-related health complications. The biometric screening does not test for illicit drugs, HIV/AIDS, or hepatitis. The screening is administered by Healthways and a national laboratory will process blood tests. All information is kept confidential, in compliance with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
 
Will my discussions with a health coach be kept confidential?
If you qualify for coaching by phone, anything you share with a health coach will be held in the strictest confidence. To get the most out of the Take Charge! Live Well! program, it is important that you are as honest and open as possible in your discussions.  Your personal health data and the information you disclose to a health coach will not be shared with the State of Ohio.