About HIPAA

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About HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a Federal law which governs the privacy and security of patient information.

Privacy deals with protected health information (PHI) - how we use it and disclose it, and patient rights. 
PHI is "individually identifiable health information" in any form:

  • Paper
  • Electronic (computer/smart phone/usb drive)
  • Verbal conversations

Security outlines safeguards for electronic patient information or ePHI.  ePHI may be contained in:

  • desktop computers
  • laptops
  • usb/thumb drives
  • e-mail
  • pagers
  • smart phones

 

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