For healthcare practitioners engaged in emailing patient data, adhering to HIPAA privacy regulations is of the utmost significance. Disregarding these regulations can incur critical repercussions.
Consider PHI as data that you should never mistreat or let fall into the wrong hands. There are 18 factors that can recognize individuals and link them to their health information. These factors can be either vague or direct, like sufferer name, address, Social Security number, account number, or email address. PHI refers to past, present, and future patient information such as physical or mental health conditions, the provisioning of healthcare (such as appointments), and payment-related information.
Similarly, electronic PHI (ePHI) is that similar patient information electronically produced, disseminated, engaged with, or exchanged. Covered Entities HIPAA considers the following bodies, organizations, and individuals as the covered entities that must secure PHI: healthcare, healthcare provider, healthcare clearinghouse, and health plan. After few changes, this list now involves entire individuals and organizations that covered entities subcontract with (that is, business associates of a HIPAA-covered entity) and expanded subcontractors and associates (that is, a business associate of a business associate).
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