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Under the HITECH Act, unsecured protected health information means

protected health information that is not secured through the use of a technology or methodology specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.[1]

However, if the Secretary of Health and Human Services does not issue timely guidance, the term “unsecured protected health information” shall mean

protected health information that is not secured by a technology standard that renders protected health information unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable to unauthorized individuals and is developed or endorsed by a standards developing organization that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).[2]

References Edit

  1. HITECH Act §13402(h).
  2. Id.

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