Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information

What Is Privacy & Security and Why Does It Matter?

In your medical practice, patients are unlikely to share sensitive information unless they trust that you will honor their
confidentiality. As you know, patients who trust their health information will be kept private and secure will be more
willing to discuss their symptoms, conditions, and past and present risk


The material in these guides and tools was developed from the experiences of Regional Extension Center staff in the performance of technical support and EHR implementation assistance to primary care providers. The information contained in this guide is not intended to serve as legal advice nor should it substitute for legal counsel. The guide is not exhaustive, and readers are encouraged to seek additional detailed technical guidance to supplement the information contained herein.

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Practice Role
Care Coordinators
Health Care Mgmt - Practice Mgrs Admin
Providers (MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs, RNs, LPNs)
PSR, Schedulers, Front Desk, Med Secretaries
Providers & Professionals
Setting/Practice Type
Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Hospital
FQHC or Community Health Center
Large Practice 11 or more
Small Practice 1 - 10
Specialty Practice
Resource Topics
Patient and Family Engagement
Privacy and Security
EHR Steps
Step 4: Conduct Training & Implement a System

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