Protected Health Information (PHI)
When a patient gives personal health information to a covered entity that information becomes Protected Health Information or (PHI). It includes:
Any personal health information that contains information that connects the patients to the information.
Information that might connect personal health information to the individual patient including the individual’s name, all geographical identifiers smaller than a state, phone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, social security numbers, account numbers, certificate/license number, full face photographic images or other comparable images and other unique identifying number, characteristic, or code except the unique code assigned by the investigator to code the data.
Health Care Advance Directives – The Patient/Client’s Right to Decide:
All adult individuals in health care facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, home health agencies, and health maintenance organizations, have certain rights under state law.
You have a right to fill out a paper known as an "advance directive." The paper says in advance what kind of treatment you want or do not want under special, serious medical conditions that would stop you from telling your doctor how you want to be treated. For example, if you were taken to a health care facility in a coma, would you want the facility's staff to know your specific wishes about decisions affecting your treatment?
What is an Advance Directive?
An advance directive is a written or oral statement which is made and witnessed in advance of serious illness or injury, about how you want medical decisions made.