All our PHI is in our Medical Records System, so we are all good, RIGHT?

This is a statement heard by many, and it is a MYTH.

FACT: ePHI is everywhere. It is in every document, e-mail, scanned image, photograph, electronic fax, even voice messages that can identify a patient and includes information about their treatment, diagnosis or payment.

What is PHI? 

Protected Health information (PHI)

  • Identifiable (18 different identifiers)
  • Plus treatment and/or diagnostic information

Electronic Protected Health information (ePHI)

  • PHI in electronic form 
  • Words, images, voice files
  • On any media