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To see coming and ward off or avoid.


Not hopeful or encouraging.

Business Associates

Individuals or organizations that perform or assist a covered entity in the performance of a function or activity involving the use or disclosure of individually identifiable health information.


The person making a complaing aganist another person or and organization.

Covered Entities

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


To make known, as a confidence or secret.

Due Diligence

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

Electronic Media

The means of electronic transmission, 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 by prevented, is limited in nature, and occurs as a result of another use or disclosure that is permitted.

Individually Identifiable Health Information

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


Derived as a conclusion from facts and premises.

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

The division of the federal government that enforces privacy standards.

Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

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

Personal Health Information

PHI is where the patient's own information that pertains to his or her health.


To rule out in advance.


Generally or widely accepted, practiced, or favored.

Privacy Officer

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

Protected Health Information

PHI is any individually identifiable health information that may be transmitted and/or maintained in electronic form.


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


A manner of expressing onself in words.

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