|Description:||This photographic still life was composed of a black magnifying glass set atop the center of a wireless keyboard. Health care workers have a responsibility to protect patient records from unauthorized access. Sensitive information should be kept in closed, locked files, whether it be electronic or hardcopy in nature, except when being processed by authorized staff.|
In the United States, current regulations on the use of protected health information for research purposes under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) divide medical record sets into 3 categories: identified data, deidentified data, and limited data. A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that an individual’s health information is properly protected, while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care to that individual, as well as to the public as a whole.