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

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