730 24th St, NW
Suite 10
Washington DC 20037

(202) 775-0620 office@drsmitapatel.com

Psychiatrist Silver Spring MD, Dr. Smita Patel

Dr. Patel's Experience and Compassion Can Help You or Your Loved One

Privacy and Confidentiality Policy

Dr. Smita Patel is committed to the protection of online privacy. Generally you can visit the website of Dr. Smita Patel without revealing any personally identifiable information. You may be required to provide some personal information in order to contact Dr. Patel. The information you provide will help us to determine how we may be able to help you and address any needs or concerns you may have.

All medical and health related information contained on this website is only intended to provide general information and should not be substituted for a visit with a health care professional regarding your condition or issue.

Dr. Smita Patel does not guarantee the security of information transmitted over the Internet, including email.

Links to Other Websites

This site may contain links to other websites that may not be managed by Dr. Smita Patel. Dr. Patel does not review, control or accept responsibility for the content on third party websites. The links from this website to websites not managed by Dr. Smita Patel does not imply endorsement or credibility of the service, information or product provided through the linked website. Furthermore, when linking to another website you will be subject to the privacy policy of the new site.

Personally Provided Information

If you choose to provide information to this website through email, form or any other means we will use the information provided to answer your request or query and to help us provide you with information or material pertinent to your request, if applicable. We will not give, share, sell, or transfer any personal information to a third party unless required by law.

Email Communications

Email communications sent to us may be shared with a customer service representative, employee or medical expert that is most able to address your inquiry. We will strive to ensure that we respond to your communications in a timely fashion upon receipt.

3rd Party Data Collection

Will Fuuzio be collecting data from the website? If so, what type, how, why?

Complaint Process

If you have a problem or complaint, or if you believe your privacy rights have been violated you may contact us by email at info @ drsmitapatel.com or by mail at 11161 New Hampshire Avenue, Suite 420, Silver Spring, Maryland. Please indicate your reason for contacting us.

Other Privacy Information

Info about HIPAA:

Medical Confidentiality and Privacy

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can access your medical information. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Patel at the email address, phone number or physical address at the bottom of the page.

To whom does this notice apply?

This notice applies to and will be followed by any healthcare professional that treats you at any of our locations and all employees, medical staff, trainees, students, or volunteers of the entities listed above.

Our pledge to you:

Dr. Patel understands that her patients consider the confidentiality of their medical information to be of utmost importance. To that end we are committed to protecting and keeping confidential medical information about you. While you are a patient with us we will create a record of the care and services you receive in order to provide you with the highest quality care possible and to comply with legal requirements. We are required by law to keep medical information about you and your care private, to provide you with this notice of our privacy policy and corresponding legal duties in regards to medical information about you, and to follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.

How may we use and disclose medical information about you?

We may use and disclose medical information about you without your prior authorization for treatment (i.e. sending medical information about you to a specialist as part of a referral, including psychiatric or HIV information if needed for the purposes of your diagnosis and treatment); to obtain payment for treatment (i.e. sending billing information to your insurance company or Medicare); and to support our healthcare operations (i.e. comparing patient data to improve treatment methods or professional education purposes). Only limited psychiatric or HIV information may be disclosed for billing purposes without you authorization. If you are treated in a specialized substance abuse program, your special authorization will be needed for most disclosures except for emergencies.

Additionally, we may use or disclose medical information about you without you prior authorization for a several other reasons. Subject to certain requirements, we may give our medical information about you, without your prior authorization for public health purposes, emergencies, health oversight audits or inspections, national security and other specialized governmental functions, for members of the Armed Forces as required by Military Command Authorities, medical examiners, funeral arrangements and organ donation, abuse or neglect reporting, and for workers’ compensation purposes.

We may also use such use and disclosure in order to contact you for appointment reminders and describing or recommending possible treatment options alternatives, health related benefits or services you may be interested in.

Under certain circumstances, we may use and disclose health information about you for research purposes, subject to a special approval process. We may also allow potential researchers to review information that may help them prepare for research, so long as the health information they review does not leave our facility and they agree to specific privacy protections.

We may disclose medical information about you to a family member or friend whom you have designated or in appropriate circumstances, unless a restriction is requested by you. We may also disclose information to disaster relief authorities so that your family can be made aware of your location and condition.

If a situation should occur that is not covered by this notice, we will ask for your written authorization prior to using or disclosing any medical information about you or your condition. If you provide us with authorization, you may later revoke your authorization by providing us with notification of withdrawal of authorization in writing.

Right to access and/or amend your records:

In a majority of cases, you have the right to look at or receive a copy of the medical information that we use to make decisions about your care, but you request to do so must be submitted in writing. If copies of your medical information is requested we may charge you for the cost the cost of copying, mailing or other related expenses associated with fulfilling your request. If your request is denied you may submit a written request for a review of that decision.

If you believe that the information contained in your record is incorrect or that information is missing, you have the right to request a correction of your record, by submitting in writing a request that provides the reason for the requested amendment. We could deny your request to amend your record if the information is not maintained by us or if we have determined that your record is accurate. You may submit a written statement of disagreement with a decision by us not to amend a record.

Right to an accounting of disclosures:

You have the right to request an accounting of any disclosures of your health information we have made, except for uses and disclosures for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations, circumstances in which you have authorized such disclosure and certain other exceptions.

Your request must be made in writing and must state the time period, which must start no earlier than July 2011 and must be no longer than six years in duration.

Right to request restrictions on disclosure:

You may request, in writing, that we not use or disclose medical information about you for treatment, payment or healthcare operations or to persons involved in your care except if explicitly authorized by you, when required by law, or in an emergency. We will consider your request and accommodate it when possible, but we are not legally required to accept it.

Requests for confidential communications:

You have the right to request that medical information about you to be communicated to you in a confidential manner, such as by sending mail to an address other than your home. Your request must be in writing and be specific in the method of communication and or location to use to provide this communication.

Right to request a paper copy of this notice:

You may request to receive a paper copy of this notice from us in written form, even if you have previously agreed to receive this notice in electronic format.

Changes to this notice:

From time to time we will need to update, modify or change or policies. Prior to significant changes taking effect we will provide notice of the changes and the date those changes become effective by posting the revised policy statement with the effective date in our waiting areas, exam rooms, and on our website at drsmitapatel.com. You may receive a copy of the revised policy at any time. Copies of the current notice will be available each time you come to our facility for treatment. You will be asked to acknowledge in writing your receipt of the notice.


If you are concerned that your privacy rights may have been violated, or you disagree with a decision we made about access to your records, you may contact us at the address, phone number or email address listed below. If you are not satisfied with our response you may send a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights. We can provide you with this address. Under no circumstances will you be penalized or retaliated against for filing a complaint.

Contact Information:

11161 New Hampshire Avenue, Suite 420 Silver Spring. Maryland 20904