KnowBe4: Protected Health Information (PHI)

Protected Health Information (PHI)

What is sensitive information? Sensitive information is privileged information which – if compromised through alteration, corruption, loss, misuse, or unauthorized disclosure – could cause serious harm to an individual or organization. You must always give the highest level of protection to privileged information. Here we discuss one example of sensitive information, Protected Health Information, or PHI.

What is Protected Health Information?
For the purpose of data protection, PHI is defined as: all recorded health information about an identifiable individual that relates to that person’s health, health care history, provision of health care to the individual, or payment for health care.

Is it PHI? Here are a few examples of PHI.

  • Social Security Number
  • Medical record number
  • Health plan beneficiary number
  • Biometric identifiers, including finger and voice prints
  • Full Face photographic images and any comparable images – and more

Employees who do not take care of sensitive information can lead their organizations into fines, increased operating costs, loss of customer confidence, and even more governmental regulation. Do your part to keep sensitive information safe at all times.

The tips included in this message are meant to remind you to keep sensitive information secure. Remember, your organization’s privacy, security, and compliance policies for handling sensitive information should be followed first and foremost.