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PHI

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

protected health information
Protected Health Information

Definition(s):

  individually identifiable health information (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this definition, that is (i) Transmitted by electronic media; Maintained in electronic media; or (iii) Transmitted or maintained in any other form or medium. (2) Protected health information excludes individually identifiable health information in (i) Education records covered by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1232g; (ii) Records described at 20 U.S.C. 1232g(a)(4)(B)(iv); and Employment records held by a covered entity in its role as employer.
Source(s):
NISTIR 8053 under protected health information from 45 C.F.R., Sec. 164.514(e)2