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Healthcare Information Technology Exam Guide for CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician and HIT Pro Certifications by Brian Gugerty, Kathleen McCormick

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Privacy and Security

Preserving the privacy and confidentiality of patients is critical. Public health agencies often provide both clinical care and public health services, and these two different functions have different privacy and security implications. When providing clinical care, public health agencies are covered entities and are subject to the same rules and requirements as other care providers. When providing public health services, different rules and requirements apply. For public health agencies to monitor the population’s health, HIPAA provides exceptions for covered entities, including care providers, to disclose protected health information to public health agencies without patient authorization when the data is required or permitted ...

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