OCR Guide on HIPAA-Compliant PHI Disclosures Via HIEs, Amid COVID-19

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

The Office for Civil Rights recently released guidance for covered entities and business associates on HIPAA-permitted disclosures of protected health information through the use of health information exchanges (HIE) for public health activities, particularly during COVID-19.

The insights join a number of previous COVID-19-related guidelines provided by OCR during the national crisis to ensure appropriate and necessary data disclosures, which can help support the overall coronavirus response in the US.

The latest guide sheds light on HIEs, HIPAA-compliant PHI disclosures, and public health activities of a public health authority (PHA), as well as examples relevant to the public health emergency.

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