Master Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) with Picmonic for Nursing RN

With Picmonic, facts become pictures. We've taken what the science shows - image mnemonics work - but we've boosted the effectiveness by building and associating memorable characters, interesting audio stories, and built-in quizzing.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

HIPAA Hippie
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) supports patient confidentiality and autonomy. Any patient health information must be kept private and secure, and it is not shared with anyone who is not directly involved in the patient's care. HIPAA provides patients with rights regarding their personal health information (PHI). Their rights include the right to see and have a copy of their health information, update and correct their health record, the use and disclosure of their records, and how they would like to receive their health information. There are three cases in which patient authorization to disclose PHI is not required. These include situations with public health activities, law enforcement, and deceased people.
Confidential Lock-and-key

Any patient health information must be kept private and secure. Patient health information is not shared with anyone who is not directly involved in the patient's care. Nurses should view only the health information related directly to the care they are provided and what will help provide safe and effective care.

See and Copy Health Records
Copy of Health Records

Under HIPAA rights, patients have the right to see and get a copy of their health records. In order to get a copy of the records, many facilities will request that a form is filled out to obtain the record.

Update and Correct Health Record
Editing Health Record

Patients have the right to update their health records. If the patient notices any inaccuracies in their medical records, they can ask that it be corrected. They may also inquire about adding information to the file if it's incomplete or change something they disagree with.

Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information
Release Form

HIPAA allows patients to get a list of any health record disclosures that have been made besides disclosures made for treatment, payment, and health care services. A patient can also request a restriction on certain uses or disclosures.

How to Receive Health Information
Receiving Health FIles

Patients have a right under HIPAA to choose how they would like to receive their health information.

Public Health Activities

Public health activities are one of the exceptions where patient authorization is not required. Patient information can be accessed to track and notify about disease outbreaks, infection control, or statistics associated with harmful issues with drugs or medical equipment.

Law Enforcement

Permitted disclosure of PHI also includes criminal incidents. Medical records that are essential to an investigation of a crime or any documents needed to identify victims of a crime may be accessed without authorization. Incidences of child abuse, neglect, or domestic violence also qualify.

Deceased People
Death Certificate

Patient authorization for PHI release is not required in situations with coroners and medical examiners. They are also unnecessary to facilitate organ donations and in cases of death from a potential crime.

Unlock all 8 facts & definitions with Picmonic Free!

Take the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Quiz

Picmonic's rapid review multiple-choice quiz allows you to assess your knowledge.

It's worth every penny

Our Story Mnemonics Increase Mastery and Retention

Memorize facts with phonetic mnemonics

Unforgettable characters with concise but impactful videos (2-4 min each)

Ace Your Registered Nurse (RN) Classes & Exams with Picmonic:

Over 1,210,000 students use Picmonic’s picture mnemonics to improve knowledge, retention, and exam performance.

Choose the #1 Registered Nurse (RN) student study app.

Picmonic for Registered Nurse (RN) covers information that is relevant to your entire Registered Nurse (RN) education. Whether you’re studying for your classes or getting ready to conquer your NCLEX®-RN, Hesi, ATI, TEAS test, Kaplan exams, we’re here to help.

Works better than traditional Registered Nurse (RN) flashcards.

Research shows that students who use Picmonic see a 331% improvement in memory retention and a 50% improvement in test scores.