Protected health information is abbreviated as PHI. PHI in healthcare must be covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). As a result, healthcare institutions must understand what constitutes PHI.
HIPAA-protected health information (PHI) is any piece of information in a patient’s medical record that can be used to uniquely identify them created, used, or revealed during diagnosis or treatment.
The term “protected health information” refers to a wide range of identifiers and data gathered during routine care and billing. PHI selection is a vital aspect of the healthcare business, and it must be achieved with the required precautions in place.
According to the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), there are 18 forms of information that qualify as HIPAA-protected health information (PHI) identifiers (OCR).