In an article published to the Journal of AHIMA, MRO’s Rita Bowen discusses the importance of privacy in PHI disclosure management, the need for an enterprise-wide approach, and the role of HIM professionals as advocates for privacy in their organizations.

Managing the disclosure of protected health information (PHI) has become more complex, particularly considering the growing number of disclosure points within healthcare organizations. Ensuring privacy has always been a core tenet of health information management (HIM).

It is our responsibility to raise awareness of privacy concerns through education and ongoing communication with senior leaders in other departments including the business office, compliance, risk management, radiology, and other ancillary departments.

This article focuses on the importance of privacy in PHI disclosure management, the need for an enterprise-wide approach, and the role of HIM professionals as advocates for privacy in their organizations.