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Avert

To see coming and ward off or avoid.

Bleak

Not hopeful or encouraging.

Business Associates

Indivuals or organizations that perform or assist a covered entity in the performance of a funvtion or activity involving the use or disclosure of individually idenificable health information.

Covered Entities

As defined by HIPAA, organizations that transmit information in an electronic form during a transaction.

Divulge

To make known, as a confience or secret.

Due Diligence

The effort made by an ordinarily prudent or reasonable party to prevent harm to another party or onself; doing everything possible to prevent something negative from happening, also called due care.

Electronic Media

The means of electronic tranmission, including the Internet, private networks, dial-up phone lines, and fax modems; includes information moved from one place to another while stored on an electronic device.

Healthcare Providers

Providers of medical or health services. individually or as organizations, that furnish, bill for, or are paid for services or products.

Incidental Disclosure

A secondary use of health information that cannot reasonably be prevented, is limited in nature, and occurs as a result of another use or disclosure that is permitted.

Individually Idenifiable Health Information

Any part of a patient's health record that is created or received by a covered entity.

Office for Civil Rights

The division of the federal government that enforces privacy standards.

Office of the Inspector General

An office pf the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that conducts aduits, investigations, and inspections involving laws pertaining to health and human sevices.

Preclude

To rule out in advance.

Prevalent

Generally or widely accpeted, practiced. or favored.

Privacy Officer

A person designated to ensure compliance with privacy standards for a covered entity.

Protected Health Information

Any individuslly idenifiable health information that may be transmitted and/or maintained in electronic form.

Transactions

As defined by HIPAA, tranmissions of information between twom parties to carry out financial or administrative activities related to healthcare.

Verbiage

A manner of expressing oneself in words.

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