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Communicating with friends and family can be challenging when a patient is in the hospital, especially when the stay is prolonged. Due to HIPAA regulations, which stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, there are times when our staff is unable to answer questions about the patient. Caring Bridge.org is a patient Web site that gives patients and their families the opportunity to communicate news and updates about the patient with friends and loved ones via the Internet.

Using CaringBridge, which is provided at no cost, patients or their advocates can post the latest news, visiting hours, phone numbers and even pictures. Creating a Web page is easy and usually takes less than 20 minutes to set up. To maintain the patientís privacy and confidentiality unauthorized access is prevented by requiring a password and/or using encryption. Visitors who have been granted access by the patient can read updates, post messages and sign a guest book. With appropriate access a patientís page can be viewed from any computer anywhere using a Web browser.

Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost?

Access to CaringBridge is a free service for Memorial patients, their family and friends. Use of CaringBridge is purely voluntary. It is the patientís choice to use the service or not.

How do I create a page?

It is very easy! When patients or their friends or families log on to CaringBridge, they will be taken through a set-up process. Visit CaringBridge using any browser (such as Explorer or Netscape), click on the link called Create, and follow the instructions. Please review the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy prior to setting up a page. Types of information some patients choose to post include: the patientís name and contact information, the location of care (in this case Memorial Hospital), background information on the patientís condition, visitation hours and e-mail address or a phone number for the patient. Some users choose to include pictures of the patient, their favorite quotations or links to other Web sites related to their condition. Please see the Terms of Use prior to using CaringBridge for a complete agreement of rules and guidelines for using Caring Bridge.

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