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Protecting the Privacy of Health Information in a Global, Mobile, and Digital World

It’s 2020 and we are facing a global epidemic. This crisis is sure to provide a tsunami of health information for use by governments, world health agencies and researchers to control the spread of disease, develop vaccines, and share new learnings to prevent future outbreaks. That’s a good thing.

But what about the privacy of that health information? Even in a crisis, health practitioners have a responsibility to protect privacy. Protecting privacy is a matter of trust between health professionals and the patient/consumer.
Crises aside, managing the privacy of health information has become increasingly complex. It is imperative for health information stakeholders to learn about emerging trends and new rules that will impact their work with health data.

Through this presentation and its companion white paper, Privacy of Health Information, an IFHIMA Global Perspective, published in November 2019, presenters will offer detailed perspectives and recommendations on protecting the privacy of health information in an increasingly global, mobile and digital world.

Learner Outcomes

Attendees of this session will be encouraged to:

• Assess what new regulations may mean to your organization.
• Share their insight with the team, leadership, and regulatory bodies.
• Secure a “seat at the table” and get involved as privacy regulations are developed.
• Commit to ongoing professional growth to stay abreast of the changing landscape.


Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA
International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) Bigfork, MT

Dorinda Sattler, MJ, RHIA, CHPS, CPHRM
Health Information Management, Indiana University Northwest Gary, IN
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