What is HIPAA?
What is PHI?
A US law designed to provide privacy standards and to protect patient’s PHI.
"Individually Identifiable Health Information". For example, Name, Address, Record Numbers, Social etc.
Remember! Always ensure your device is password protected and contact The HIPAA Compliance Hotline immediately if your device is stolen or lost.
- When you are using paper-based PHI, you should refrain from leaving documents unattended, especially in a public place; and shred the documents when you are done using them.
- When you are faxing or scanning PHI, you should use a coversheet to indicate the document contains PHI and is only intended for the recipient and promptly remove the PHI from the machine.
- When you are traveling with your device, you should lock it in the trunk of your car (don’t leave it in the back seat); bring it into your home with you at the end of the day; keep it with you at all other times
- When you are on a home or school visit, you should keep your device with you at all times (to the extent practicable);
- When you are transmitting PHI via email or text message ensure the client has a signed email and text messaging disclosure on file; refrain from including PHI in email and text messages unless requested by the client or personal representative; immediately delete any text messages you receive that contain PHI (including pictures of the client)