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How to Protect PHI?

29th August, 2023

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Protected Health Information (PHI) is at the core of healthcare operations, containing sensitive patient data that must be safeguarded from unauthorized access and breaches. As healthcare providers and organizations increasingly rely on electronic systems, the need to protect PHI becomes even more critical. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the best practices for securing PHI against public viewing, overheard conversations, and electronic threats. Additionally, we will explore the importance of conducting a PHI breach risk assessment to identify vulnerabilities and stay compliant with the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule.

What is Protected Health Information (PHI)?

Protected Health Information (PHI) refers to individually identifiable health information transmitted, maintained, or stored by covered entities and their business associates. This includes any information related to a patient's past, present, or future physical or mental health, healthcare treatment, and payment for healthcare services. PHI can exist in various forms, such as electronic, paper, or verbal records.

Why Providers Must Protect PHI?