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& the Safe Harbor Provision Guidelines
The HIPAA safe harbor method is a method of de-identification of protected health information. De-identification is the removal of specific information about a client that can be used alone or in combination with other information to identify that client.
What is HIPAA Safe Harbor De-Identification?
Home for Life Design follows the Safe Harbor Provision Guidelines
HIPAA safe harbor de-identification is the process of the removal of specified identifiers of the patient, and of the patient’s relatives, household members, and employers.
The requirements of the HIPAA safe harbor de-identification process become fully satisfied if, and only if, after the removal of the specific identifiers, the covered entity has no actual knowledge that the remaining information could be used to identify the patient.
Once protected health information has been de-identified, it is no longer considered to be PHI; as such, there are no longer restrictions on its use or disclosure. By definition, de-identified health information neither identifies nor provides a reasonable basis to identify a patient.