What part of my health information is protected under HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) protects:

  • Information your doctors, nurses, and other health care providers put in your medical record
  • Conversations your doctor has with nurses and others about your care or treatment
  • Information about you in your health insurer’s computer system
  • Billing information about you at your clinic
  • Most other health information about you held by those who must follow federal privacy and security laws pertaining to health information

Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights website to learn more about protected health information and your privacy rights.

Content last reviewed on January 15, 2013
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