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what rights does HIPAA give a person over their health information?

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cuhuegbu | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM via web

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what rights does HIPAA give a person over their health information?

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jraineharrison | College Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted September 5, 2013 at 11:37 PM (Answer #1)

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HIPAA provides privacy protection for individual patients.  HIPAA covers all medical information, demographic information or anything that can be used to identify a patient.  Items that are protected include address, name, birth date, social security number, to name a few.  Patients also must be notified of their rights under the HIPAA law.  

A patient's information may be deidentified.  In order for it to be deidentified, all data that could identify the patient has to be removed. The deidentified data then can be used for the purposes of research or public health activities.  

Otherwise, in order to disclose a patient's health information, the health care organization must have the patient's written consent.  

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