[ Tuesday, August 23, 2011 ]


When Medical Privacy and Law Enforcement Collide: One headachey area for HIPAAcrats occurs when the demands of the law, and particularly law enforcement, require disclosure of information that is protected under HIPAA. HIPAA specifically addresses a lot of ways police officers can get information from HIPAA covered entities, as well as some limitations. For example, a covered entity can give the police information, including PHI, for purposes of identifying a suspect or victim, but they can't give them DNA without a court order.

Some HIPAA Privacy Officers take their privacy obligations to extremes that exceed what HIPAA requires. That appears to be what's happening in Rhode Island.

Jeff [4:25 PM]

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