Privacy Policy

At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, we take privacy of our patients' healthcare information seriously. As of April 14, 2003, new federal regulations have gone into effect improving the privacy and protection of patient healthcare information. These regulations are part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 - commonly called HIPAA.

Following the merger of long-time partners, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the organization was renamed to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. We are an independent, nonprofit organization that also serves as UW Medicine's cancer program. 

Fred Hutch fully supports the new HIPAA regulations. Because the state of Washington already has strict laws in place that protect patient healthcare information, HIPAA will not present many noticeable changes to our operations from a patient perspective.

Patient rights and our responsibilities in regards to their healthcare information are contained in a document titled the Notice of Privacy Practices (link to PDF version below). When patients arrive at Fred Hutch for an appointment, they will be provided a copy of this document. We feel that this is important information for our patients to be aware of and are pleased to make it available to them. There is a one-page summary, followed by the complete text.

If you have any questions or concerns about patient privacy, please contact Fred Hutch’s Corporate Integrity Office’s Privacy Officer at (206) 606-7154 or  Additionally, you may contact our Fred Hutch Integrity Hotline at (866) 353-6098 or

Notice of Privacy Practices, updated November 2020 (PDF)