In keeping with Emerson Hospital policies it is the responsibility of all Emerson personnel, included but not limited to, employees, medical
staff and other health care professionals, volunteers, agency, temporary and registry personnel; trainees, students and interns, and
Emerson Practice Associates employees, to preserve and protect confidential patient, employee and business information whether in hard
copy, file, oral or computerized form. HIPAA and Massachusetts Law establish protections to preserve the confidentiality of various medical
and personal information and specify that such information may not be disclosed except as authorized by law or the patient or individual.
Protected Health Information (PHI) is defined as any individually identifiable information in possession or derived from a
provider of health care regarding a patient’s medical history, mental or physical condition or treatment, as well as the
patients and/or their family members’ recor