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Scenario: Patient saved their own health information at the bottom of their computer screen.

Updated: Feb 19

Should there be an unauthorized access, who would be liable?


Key Terms

HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

HIPAA Covered Entities (CEs) are healthcare providers who conduct certain financial and administrative transactions electronically with PHI ( Ex: Healthcare providers who submit claims electronically), Health Plans, and Healthcare Clearinghouses.

PHI stands for Protected Health Information. It is any data containing at least one HIPAA identifier.

Patient saved their own health information at the bottom of their computer screen, for easy access. Should there be an unauthorized access, who would be liable?

  • The HIPAA covered entity carries no liability.

  • The patient is solely liable.

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