Protected Health Information

PHI is any personal health information that potentially identifies an individual that was created, used, or disclosed in the course of providing healthcare services, including, but not limited to:

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Payment or billing information
  • Medical records (electronic or paper)

Depending on your organization’s function in the healthcare ecosystem, you may be handling PHI either directly or indirectly. While certain organizations have a greater obligation to safeguard patient information under HIPAA, you should be doing your part to ensure that this information is secure and well-protected.


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