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    Privacy policy of our practice

    Your personal data and your privacy at Focus Midwifery Center


    The AVG is the law for the protection of privacy and personal data. Under this law, an organization that works with personal data has certain obligations and the person whose data it belongs to has certain rights. In addition to this general law, specific rules apply to privacy in healthcare. These rules are stated, among other things, in the Medical Treatment Agreement Act (WGBO). These privacy regulations are intended to inform you about your rights and our obligations under the GDPR and the WGBO.

    Focus Midwifery Center

    Various personal data about you can be processed at Focus Midwifery Center. This is necessary to be able to treat you medically and necessary for the financial settlement of the treatment. In addition, processing may be necessary for, for example, combating a serious danger to your health or to comply with a legal obligation (for example, the mandatory reporting of an infectious disease under the Public Health Act).

    The duties of Focus Midwifery Center

    According to the AVG, Focus Midwifery Center is responsible for the processing of personal data that takes place in practice. The practice complies with the obligations arising from this as follows:

    • Your data is collected for specific purposes:
      • for care provision;
      • for efficient management and policy;
      • to support scientific research, education and information.
    • In principle, no processing takes place for other purposes.
    • You will be informed that your personal data is being processed. This can be done by your healthcare provider, but also via a brochure or via our website.
    • All employees within Focus Midwifery Center are obliged to treat your personal data confidentially.
    • Your personal data is well protected against unauthorized access.
    • Your personal data will not be kept for longer than is necessary for proper care.

    For medical data, this retention period is in principle 15 years (from the last treatment), unless longer storage is necessary, for example for the health of yourself or your children. This is at the discretion of the practitioner

    Your rights as a data subject:

    You have the following rights:

    • The right to know whether and which of your personal data is processed.
    • The right to inspect and receive a copy of that data (insofar as this does not harm the privacy of another person).
    • The right to correction, addition or deletion of data if necessary.
    • The right to request (partial) destruction of your medical data. This can only be met if the retention of the data for someone else is not of significant importance and the data does not have to be retained on the basis of a statutory regulation.
    • The right to add a personal statement (of a medical nature) to your file.
    • The right to object to the processing of your data in certain cases.

    If you want to make use of your rights, you can make this known verbally or by means of an application form to Focus Midwifery Center. Your interests may also be represented by a representative (such as a written agent, or your trustee or mentor).

    Explanation of the application form

    You should bear in mind that, in accordance with the law, medical data are in principle stored for a maximum of fifteen years. You will help us find your file and protect your privacy if you fill in the form as completely as possible. The information you enter will be treated in the strictest confidence by us. Focus Midwifery Center is not liable for errors in postal delivery. If you prefer to collect the file personally or by an authorized representative, you can indicate this on the form.

    Client data

    Here you state the details of the person who is the subject of the medical file. The Medical Agreement Act (WBGO) considers the client to be of legal age from the age of 16. Young people aged 16 and over who want to inspect/copy their medical file must submit the application themselves. If the client is no longer alive, providing the medical data is permitted if it can be assumed that the deceased would not have objected to this or there are compelling interests in breaking the care provider's duty of confidentiality. This decision rests with the healthcare provider.

    Provision of your personal data to third parties

    The employees of Focus Midwifery Center are obliged to treat your personal data confidentially. This means, for example, that the healthcare provider needs your explicit permission to provide your personal data. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Pursuant to a statutory regulation, the duty of confidentiality of the care provider can be breached, but also when there is a fear of a serious danger to your health or that of a third party. In addition, recorded data can, if necessary, be exchanged verbally, in writing or digitally with other healthcare providers (for example, the midwife).

    Data exchange
    Focus Midwifery Center exchanges relevant medical data safely and reliably with other care providers such as obstetricians, general practitioners, gynaecologists. If you have been referred for follow-up examination as a result of an examination at the Focus Midwifery Center, the midwife in turn shares feedback with the Focus Midwifery Center. This way we ensure that care can take place as optimally as possible

    Question or complaint

    Do you have a question or a complaint? For example, about who we share data with or our handling of your medical data? Your midwife will be happy to discuss this with you.