All DH employees, contractors, vendors, and other individuals using electronic messages (whether on a DH-owned device or on a personal device) to conduct DH business must comply with policy P-6.019. Failure to comply with the requirements and restrictions defined in the policy can result in corrective action up to, and including, termination. Electronic messages are considered correspondence and may be subject to public inspection per Colorado Open Records Act, C.R.S. § 24-72-200.1 et seq. ("CORA").
Protected Health Information (PHI) or Personally Identifiable Information (PII) must be protected by the highest level of security available.
Text messaging is inherently non-secure and noncompliant with HIPAA. While DH permits providers to utilize text messaging to communicate information with other providers, in compliance with HIPAA, text messages:
- Cannot include any identifiable patient information. This includes patient name, medical record number, or photographs with unique (identifiable) characteristics such as tattoos or rare injuries. Instead, the provider should call the recipient to communicate necessary identifiers and to verify receipt.
- Cannot include any sensitive information such as HIV status, mental health diagnoses, or drug or alcohol abuse treatment information.
- Cannot include any patient care orders.
- Cannot be used to direct patient care in any way.
If text messages received contains patient information they must be deleted from the mobile device as soon as possible.
For more information, read Policy & Procedure P-6.019 Electronic Messaging.
ATTENTION: Language assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Call (303) 436-6666 or ext. 6-6666 from a hospital phone (TTY: 1 (800) 659-3656 or 711).
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- Provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:
- Qualified sign language interpreters
- Written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats)
- Provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:
- Qualified interpreters
- Information written in other languages
If you need these services, contact Denver Health Patient Representatives at (303) 602-2915. If you believe that Denver Health has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with:
Denver Health Patient Representative, 504 Coordinator
777 Bannock Street, MC 0278
Denver, CO 80204
Telephone: (303) 602-2915
Fax: (303) 602-2915
You can file a grievance in person or by mail, fax, or email. If you need help filing a grievance, the Denver Health Patient Representative, 504 Coordinator, is available to help you. You can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at
By mail or phone at:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue SW. Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, DC 20201
1 (800) 868–1019
1 (800) 537–7697 (TDD)
Complaint forms are available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/smartscreen/main.jsf
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