The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), also known as the Privacy Rule, provides national standards to protect the privacy of personal health information.
The Privacy Rule standards address the use and disclosure of individuals’ health information, called “protected health information” by organizations subject to the Privacy Rule, called “covered entities,” as well as standards for individuals’ privacy rights to understand and control how their health information is used.
A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public’s health and well being.
For more information, see the American Medical Association’s
Frequently Asked Questions about HIPAA
Coastal Health District Notice of Privacy Practices