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Newbie to healthcare here with a very basic question: if a provider stores medical records electronically, and a patient requests those records to be sent via mail, is it still considered ePHI/EHI? In other words, is it the way the data is maintained rather than the method of transmission? (Asking in context of new Information Blocking rule)

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Medical records stored and shared via email is always PHI. Any information you share that identifies a person (patient) is considered to be PHI. Now you can share the PHI only with the concerned person but you need to make sure that your email exchange is secure and the message transfer is encrypted with a password. So that only the person with authority can access your email message. I hope this answers your question.

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