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HIPAA Applies to Protected Health Information

HIPAA Applies to Protected Health Information - Departments & Programs, UW Hospital and Clinics, Compliance, Privacy, HIPAA, Privacy Rule

HIPAA applies to all "protected health information." 


Protected health information or “PHI” is any information that could be used, alone or with other readily available information, to identify an individual. Such identifiers include a patient’s:

PHI can be written, electronic or verbal and refer to past, present or future physical or mental health care information. A printed discharge summary, a clinic schedule, and a conversation between two clinicians about a patient are all PHI. Regardless of the form the PHI is in, if the information could be used to identify a patient, it is covered by HIPAA.

For more information on PHI, see UWHC Policy 4.13: Protected Health Information.