Summary of HIPAA Privacy Rule
The Privacy Rule is a set of national standards for the protection of certain health information. These standards address the use and disclosure of individual's health information called, "Protected Health Information", by covered entities or hybrid entities, as well as standards for individual's privacy rights.
A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that individual's health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide high quality health care and to protect the public's health and well-being.
This is a summary of key elements of the Privacy Rule and not a complete or comprehensive guide to compliance. Because this is an overview, it does not address every detail of each provision. For the complete UNC HIPAA Policy . For additional information go to: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services