Basic information about Health Information Technology and EHRs for Patients and Families
State and Community Resources
Most of us believe that our medical and other health information is private and should be protected, and we want to know who has this information. The Privacy Rule, a Federal law, gives you rights over your health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information. The Privacy Rule applies to all forms of individuals' protected health information, whether electronic, written, or oral. The Security Rule is a Federal law that requires security for health information in electronic form.
These pages address the release of protected health information for planning or response activities in emergency situations. In addition, please view the Civil Rights Emergency Preparedness page to learn how nondiscrimination laws apply during an emergency.
HHS has developed resources to help you learn more about ways to protect and access your patients’ electronic health information in an emergency.
Preparing for an emergency is part of providing patient care and will give you and your patients peace of mind.
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