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limited dataset

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  A limited data set is protected health information that excludes the following direct identifiers of the individual or of relatives, employers, or household members of the individual (i) Names; (ii) Postal address information, other than town or city, State, and zip code; (iii) Telephone numbers; (iv) Fax numbers; (v) Electronic mail addresses; (vi) Social security numbers; (vii) Medical record numbers; (viii) Health plan beneficiary numbers; (ix) Account numbers; (x) Certificate/license numbers; (xi) Vehicle identifiers and serial numbers, including license plate numbers; (xii) Device identifiers and serial numbers; (xiii) Web Universal Resource Locators (URLs); (xiv) Internet Protocol (IP) address numbers; (xv) Biometric identifiers, including finger and voice prints; and (xvi) Full face photographic images and any comparable images. Limited data sets can contain complete dates, age to the nearest hour, city, state, and complete ZIP code.
Source(s):
NISTIR 8053 (45 C.F.R., Sec. 164.514(e)2 - Adapted)