HIPAA and Disasters: What Emergency Professionals Need to Know [September 11, 2017] [open pdf - 263KB]
"Disasters and emergencies can strike at anytime with little or no warning and the local healthcare system in the midst of an emergency response can be rapidly inundated with patients, worried family and friends looking for their loved ones, and media organizations requesting patient information. Knowing what information can be released, to whom, and under what circumstances, is critical for healthcare facilities in disaster response. This guide is designed to answer frequently asked questions regarding the release of information about patients following an incident. NOTE: This guide does NOT replace the advice of your facility Privacy Officer and/or legal counsel who should be involved in planning for information release prior to an event, developing policy before a disaster that guides staff actions during a disaster, an"
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