HIPAA – Emergency Preparedness Planning and Privacy Rules

The Privacy Rule protects individually identifiable health information from uses and disclosures that unnecessarily compromise the privacy of an individual. The Rule is carefully designed to protect the privacy of health information, while allowing important health care communications to occur.

These pages address common emergency preparedness issues related to the release of protected health information for planning or response activities.  In addition, please view the Civil Rights Emergency Preparedness page to learn how nondiscrimination laws apply during an emergency.