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What Is Protected Health Information?


The Privacy Rule within the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides provisions for how health care practitioners and practices use, store, and release protected health information (PHI). However, PHI does not necessarily mean the information can never be released, nor does it imply all information within a patient’s chart is defined as protected health information when separated. Yet, not understanding the differences between the “what if” scenarios could lead to a penalty for the inappropriate disclosure or use of…

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Emailing Patient Records and HIPAA

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During our short existence, we have learned that many offices use email to transmit patient records. Some offices communicate with patients via email while others share patient information with other doctors offices.

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