Protected health information
Protected health information (PHI), is information that:
- Has been created or received by:
- Providers of health care, such as doctors, dentists, psychologists, hospitals, clinics, dental offices, mental health facilities, etc.
- Health care plans, such as Health Partners, Medica, etc.
- Health care “clearinghouses,” which are organizations that provide billing, information management, or other services to health care providers and health care plans.
- Relates to at least one of the following:
- An individual’s physical or mental health.
- The provision of health care to an individual.
- An individual’s eligibility for health care.
- Payment for the provision of health care to an individual.
- An individual’s past treatment, payment, or eligibility.
Protected health information that is collected, used, distributed, or maintained by state or county human services agencies is also generally considered private data.
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