Health Information Management

World Privacy Forum publishes HIPAA guide for patients

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 7, 2009

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The World Privacy Forum announced its publication of a comprehensive HIPAA privacy guide written with patients in mind titled Patient’s Guide to HIPAA: How to Use the Law to Guard Your Health Privacy, according to a March 31 press release.

"This guide is not just a retread of what HIPAA is and does," said Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum in the press release. "Our guide gives patients practical details and strategies on how they can use the law to protect their privacy and navigate the medical system. Best of all, it is easy to use." 

The guide includes 65 frequently asked questions that are divided into the following four sections:

  • Introduction and purpose
  • Learning about HIPAA
  • The seven basic patient rights
  • What you should know about uses and disclosures

     



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