To the Editor:
As an employee of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital as a medical technologist for 28 years and a recent emergency room patient, I want to reassure the community that your medical privacy is protected.
In years past this has been a concern of the Vineyard community. The physical aspect of patient privacy was a priority in the construction of the new hospital. In addition, the Health Insurance Portability and Privacy Act (HIPPA) ensures your privacy.
The only people that knew of my transfer to Mass General Hospital were the staff members directly involved with my care. When I returned to the Island fellow hospital employees were shocked to learn of my illness. My medical information wasn’t even shared with my co-workers in the laboratory, until I informed them directly.
I was very pleased with the collaboration and communication between the two hospitals. The electronic sharing of my medical records tremendously facilitated my recovery. My MVH doctor could immediately read notes written by my MGH doctor.
My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Laursen, Betsy, and Bertha in the emergency room, Cathy in radiology, as well as the Oak Bluff’s ambulance. Patty, Cheryl, and Sandy from Vineyard Nursing Association were very supportive and attentive with my home care. Thanks to Dr. McMahon and her staff, especially Sue and Pam, for their continued assistance.
Also, I want to thank the wonderful laboratory staff for their technical efficiency and their concern for my well-being. To all of you in the community that assisted my family during my recent illness, I wish you a healthy and happy New Year.