HIPAA Privacy & Security
2. Business Associates Section:
Glossary of Terms
There are many terms used in HIPAA regulation. The following document describes them in detail.
Pay special attention to these following terms, "Business Associate", "Covered Entity", and "Protected Health Information".
- Business Associate: A person or organization that performs a function or activity on behalf of a overed entity, but is not part of the Covered Entity's workforce. A business associate can also be a covered entity in its own right.
- Covered Entity: Under HIPAA, this is a health plan, a health care clearinghouse, or a health care provider who transmits any health information in electronic form in connection with a HIPAA transaction. (NE-DHHS is a Covered Entity.)
- Protected Health Information (PHI): Protected Health Information means " Individually Identifiable Health Information" … that is: (i) Transmitted by electronic media; (ii) Maintained in any medium described in the definition of electronic media … ; or (iii) Transmitted or maintained in any other form or medium. …;
- " Individually Identifiable Health Information" means: information that is a subset of health information, including demographic information collected from an individual, and: (1) Is created or received by a health care provider, health plan, employer, or health care clearinghouse; and (2) Relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual; the provision of health care to an individual; or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to an individual; and (i) That identifies the individual; or (ii) With respect to which there is a reasonable basis to believe the information can be used to identify the individual.
|" A HIPAA Glossary"
||This 24-page document is published by WEDI-SNIP (Strategic National Implementation Process, of "Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange"). |
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