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Disclosures for Emergency Preparedness - A Decision Tool: Source is Individual

This is an Emergency Preparedness Decision Tool used to determine if the source of the information should be disclosed


Issued by: Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Issue Date: July 07, 1905

Disclosures for Emergency Preparedness - A Decision Tool: Source is Individual

Who is the source of the information to be disclosed?

YES, the source of the information is the individual.

Green traffic signal and the phrase The disclosure may be made!


The individual may disclose the information. The Privacy Rule applies only to covered entities and not individuals!

  • The Privacy Rule does not apply to individual consumers. Individuals may disclose information to any person without regard to the Privacy Rule.
  • For example, a consumer may provide information directly to anyone without an authorization.


The Privacy Rule limitations on disclosure of PHI apply to persons who are workforce members of a covered entity, such as employees, volunteers, board members and contractors. So while individual consumers or patients may share information about themselves, nurses or other hospital or medical staff are bound by the privacy protections of the Privacy Rule and may only disclose the information as the Privacy Rule permits.

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