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Disclosures for Emergency Preparedness - A Decision Tool

The disclosure is to an agency for public health purposes!

Yellow traffic signal and the phrase CAUTION The disclosure may be made if...

The disclosure may be made:


  • With a data use agreement, covered entities may disclose a LDS for public health purposes, such as emergency response planning, to organizations that are not public health authorities authorized to collect or receive protected health information.

  • While helpful for some activities, this option is not useful if patient identity is needed for emergency response planning.

  • For example, a physician could disclose that a patient is a 101 year old woman who uses a motorized wheelchair if the agreement specifies age, gender and limitations.