Confidentiality of Business Information
The confidentiality of business information shall be
maintained. The protection of confidential business data,
terms of employment, surgical technique, marketing
information, and trade secrets is vital to the interest and
success of this organization.
Disclosing confidential information could be embarrassing or
have negative effects on our position and operations. It may
result in adverse legal and financial consequences for the
organization. Confidential information includes, but is not
1. Patient information
2. Clinical protocols
3. Customer lists
4. Marketing strategies
5. Financial information
6. Employee data including benefits and compensation data
7. Policies and Procedures
9. Internal business processes and procedures
10. Information systems and data
11. Surgical techniques and innovations
Under no circumstances may any employee disclose
organization-specific information regarding business
practices, marketing strategies, patient lists, clinical
protocols (except to describe procedures for patient
education purposes), information systems, or policies and
procedures without the express permission of the owner.
Any employee who discloses business information and/or
discusses the terms of his or her employment (including
salary, benefits, and bonuses) with fellow employees will be
subject to disciplinary action--up to and including
termination of employment.
There are three levels of breach of information, defined as
1. Carelessness: Confidential information is accessed
unintentionally or an individual carelessly accesses,
reviews or reveals confidential information.
2. Curiosity or Concern without Personal Gain: Confidential
information is intentionally accessed or discussed for
purposes other than patient care or other authorized
purposes for reasons not related to personal gain.
3. Personal Gain or Malice: Patient information is
accessed, reviewed or discussed for personal gain or
with malicious intent.
Approved By Governing Board