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What's the difference between' implied' and 'express'consent and under what circumstances is one used instead of the other?

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Implied Consent: The hospital can share a patient's personal health information within the health system when it's necessary to provide health care to the patient. Under these circumstances the hospital may rely on what's called the patient's 'implied consent.' For example, the hospital may send information about a patient to a specialist or a health care provider that the patient has been referred to for health care. In this situation the patient's consent is considered implied, therefore the patient's written or oral consent is not required. more
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