Protected Health Information

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Protected Health Information (PHI) includes any individually identifiable health information transmitted or maintained in any form or medium (e.g., electronic, paper, oral) by a covered entity or its business associate.

Individually identifiable health information is information, including demographic data, that relates to:

  • the individual’s past, present or future physical or mental health or condition,
  • the provision of health care to the individual, or
  • the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to the individual,

and that identifies the individual or for which there is a reasonable basis to believe it can be used to identify the individual. Individually identifiable health information in