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Managing HIPAA Compliance Includes Legal and Ethical Considerations

Published:January 21, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2020.11.012
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      Technological advancements that affect how protected health information (PHI) is collected, housed, and transmitted may lead to justifiable concerns for patients and clients regarding the security of these data. PHI includes any information acquired by a health care professional, including registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), that could be used to identify the patient/client, including but not limited to name, Social Security number, medical test results, and treatment plan.
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      Clearing up the HIPAA confusion for RDNS.
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      Biography

      T. Peregrin is an editor and writer for a Chicago-based medical association and a freelance writer in Chicago, IL.