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What health information is protected?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule establishes federal protections for your health information by placing some limits on how it may be used and shared. You play an important role in controlling who has access to your health information in many situations. Privacy protections apply to your "individually identifiable health information," which means:
  • Information that relates to the individual's past, present or future physical or mental health or condition; to the provision of health care to an individual; or to past, present or future payment for the provision of health care to the individual
  • Information that identifies the individual, or for which there is a reasonable basis to believe it can be used to identify the individual.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), all of the following health information is protected like a high security prison:

  • Any information any healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist,
           and others) puts in your medical record. This includes your
           name, date of birth, etc.
  • Any conversations your doctor has with others, such as nurses or
           physical therapists, about your health or your treatment.
  • Any information about you in your health insurer’s computer system.
  • Any billing and financial information about you at your healthcare
           provider’s office

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.