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Running head: PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION 1 Protected Health Information (PHI): Privacy, Security, and Confidentiality Best Practices Ashley Heck Capella University NURS-FXP4040 May 2019
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PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION What is protected health information (PHI)? According to HIPAA Journal, “protected health information ‘Relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual; the provision of health care to an individual; or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to an individual’ that is: transmitted by electronic media; maintained in electronic media; or transmitted or maintained in any other form or medium” (p. 4, 2018). The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a law that establishes the first national standards in the United States to protect patients' personal or protected health information (PHI )” (Rouse, Biscobing, Sutner, p. 25, 2015). Patients are told about HIPAA because we want them to know we are not going to share their personal information with others. They need to be able to trust us in order for us to give them the best care possible.
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