Definition

HIPAA covered entity

A HIPAA covered entity is any organization or corporation that directly handles Personal Health Information (PHI) or Personal Health Records (PHR). The most common examples of covered entities include hospitals, doctors’ offices and health insurance providers.

Covered entities are required to comply with Health Information Portability and Accountability Act HIPAA (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) mandates for protection of PHI and PHR. 

Related glossary terms: personal health record (PHR), Dossia
This was last updated in October 2010
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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