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Privacy Principles for Protecting Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, Exploitation and Human Trafficking in Healthcare Settings

Resource Topic: Health Information Technology (HIT)/Data

Keywords: Data Collection, Management, and Analytics, Documentation, Policies and Procedures, Privacy/Protected Health Information (e.g., Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)).

Year Developed: 2021

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Administrative Staff C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) PCAs
Secondary Audience: Board of Directors

Language(s): English

Developed by: Health Partners on IPV + Exploitation (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: Included here are guiding principles that should be applied by healthcare providers, administrators, policy makers and developers when designing, building, utilizing or regulating health information systems that will hold or exchange sensitive health information.

Resource Details: Health information technology (HIT) is a crucial tool for healthcare systems to coordinate care for patients, yet there are privacy concerns unique to people who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) and exploitation. With potential impact to a patient’s care utilization and engagement, this is not just an issue of privacy but also one of safety. Included here are guiding principles that should be applied by healthcare providers, administrators, policy makers and developers when designing, building, utilizing or regulating health information systems that will hold or exchange sensitive health information.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.