OCR Issues New Guidance on Emergency Situations

November 10, 2014 David Holtzman

HHS-logo

November 2014

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights

BULLETIN: HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations

In light of the Ebola outbreak and other events, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), is providing a bulletin to ensure that HIPAA covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways in which patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an emergency situation, and to serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects the privacy of patients’ health information (protected health information) but is balanced to ensure that appropriate uses and disclosures of the information still may be made when necessary to treat a patient, to protect the nation’s public health, and for other critical purposes.

OCR’s bulletin on HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations may be found by clicking here.
Additional guidance on HIPAA in Emergency Situations: Preparedness, Planning, and Response can be found here.

Previous Article
Special Introductory Pricing on Phishing Assessments
Special Introductory Pricing on Phishing Assessments

Limited Time Offer: Choose Your Phishing Program Did you know that phishing is one of the most common cyber...

Next Article
HCCA Regional Conferences
HCCA Regional Conferences

CynergisTek’s Mac McMillan to Present at Mid Central and Gulf Coast HCCA Regional Conferences We are excite...

×

Subscribe to Our Monthly Cyber Bulletins with the Latest News, Tips and More!

First Name
Last Name
Company
Thank You!
Error - something went wrong!