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Is Your Organization Protecting Sensitive Patient Information?

Posted on 12/04/19 | Comments

Technology is a critical enabler of efforts to mobilize data and promote greater stakeholder collaboration. As healthcare organizations deploy frameworks to support meaningful data sharing and greater care coordination across the continuum, one area that must not be overlooked is the compliant protection of sensitive health information.

Federal regulations outlined in 42 CFR Part 2 (Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records) limit the use and disclosure of sensitive health information and identifying information. This means healthcare organizations must identify and filter data related to substance abuse to comply, but other regulations also add the need to include mental health, family planning, genetic testing, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) to protect patient and member confidentiality. 

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Topics: Sensitivity Codes, 42 CFR Part 2, Mental Health, sensitive health information