New Federal Guidance on De-Identifying Patient Information

Published
  • November 27 2012, 12:00pm EST

The HHS Office for Civil Rights has issued lengthy and detailed guidance on two methods for de-identifying protected health information under the HIPAA privacy rule.

More than two dozen frequently asked questions explain the two methods--Expert Determination and Safe Harbor--that satisfy the privacy rule’s standards for de-identification. “This guidance is intended to assist covered entities to understand what is de-identification, the general process by which de-identified information is created, and the options available for performing de-identification,” according to OCR.

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