U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights BULLETIN: HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus

The coronavirus and Covid-19 are impacting everything and everyone, and certainly health information privacy.  Here is a useful summary of health information issues to be mindful of from HHS OCR on HIPAA privacy and the coronavirus/Covid-19.  Topics covered in the bulletin include:

  • Sharing Patient Information
  • Disclosures to Family, Friends, and Others Involved in an Individual’s Care and for Notification
  • Disclosures to Prevent a Serious and Imminent Threat
  • Disclosures to the Media or Others Not Involved in the Care of the Patient/Notification

For more information on HIPAA and Public Health, please visit:  https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/public-health/index.html

For more information on HIPAA and Emergency Preparedness, Planning, and Response, please visit:  https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergencypreparedness/index.html

General information on understanding the HIPAA Privacy Rule may be found at:  https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/privacy/index.html

For information regarding how Federal civil rights laws apply in an emergency, please visit:  https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/special-topics/emergencypreparedness/index.html

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