The protected health information (PHI) that does not require consent from the patient, but still keeping information safe with the HIPPA law is information that has been de-identified. De-identified health information is information that has been stripped of all a patient’s personal data. There are eighteen elements that are removed before any information can be requested. The information that is stripped or made de-identified are: names, all geographical subdivisions smaller than a state, all elements dates (except year), telephone numbers, facsimile numbers, email addresses, social security numbers, medical record numbers, health plan beneficiary numbers, account numbers, vehicle identifiers including license plate numbers, certificate/license numbers, device identifiers and serial numbers, URLs, IP address numbers, biometric identifiers, including fingerprints and voiceprints, full-face photographic and any comparable images, and any other unique identifying number, characteristic, or code.
Government agencies can request medical history of a patient in an emergency room that is not able to communicate with health care providers regarding certain allergies or any other information that may be needed in the crisis. ER personnel are only allowed to obtain the information that is pertinent to the care of the patient at that time. This information would be medications they are currently on, allergies, past surgeries, and other information needed by the staff to care for the patient. Event information like births, deaths, and information regarding a reportable disease can also be released without a patient’s consent. Workers’ Compensation can also request pertinent health information in order to evaluate a work-related injury or illness.
PHI or personal health information regarding victims of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence can be disclosed to a governmental authority by legal agencies or their representatives, without having to request consent from the...
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