Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Health Information Privacy at GW is managed through the HIPAA Policy (PDF).  The policy informs employees how PHI may be used and disclosed by the The George Washington University Health and Welfare Benefit Plan, explain how participants can obtain access to their PHI and to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the related regulations (collectively, “HIPAA”).

We work closely with the GW community to reduce the risks to health information by:

  • Classifying protected health information (PHI) per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and applying the required HIPAA security and privacy safeguards
  • Classifying health information that is not defined as protected health information (PHI) and applying appropriate information security safeguards
  • Providing training