California Health and Human Services

California Office of Health Information Integrity

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The California Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII) is responsible for ensuring applicable California state departments are compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other related state and federal laws.

CalOHII is a resource to all state departments on HIPAA to help them safeguard their constituents’ protected health information from unauthorized access or disclosures.

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CalOHII has released a Request for Proposals (RFP). The link to the RFP is posted on Cal eProcure.

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COVID-19 Disaster Response and Information Sharing During Emergency

CalOHII’s guidance and other information can be found on the Emergency Information Sharing page.

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May Updates:

May 18, 2020 – Updated the Emergency Information Sharing page to add Federal Register item for “Notification of Enforcement for Discretion for Community-Based Testing Sites During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency”

May 6, 2020 – Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued additional guidance reminding covered health care providers that the HIPAA Privacy Rule does not permit them to give media and film crews access to facilities where patients’ protected health information (PHI) will be accessible without the patients’ prior authorization – information can be found on the Emergency Information Sharing page.

May 4, 2020 – The CalOHII Communication –  May Edition is available.  This month’s communication is focused on COVID-19 related items and updates on CalOHII activities. Archived monthly communications can be found on the CalOHII Communications – Archive page.

April Updates:

April 21, 2020 – Updated the Emergency Information Sharing page to add Federal Register item for “Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency.” 

April 9, 2020 – OCR announces “Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Community-Based Testing Sites During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency” – information can be found on the Emergency Information Sharing page.

April 3, 2020 – Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order (N-43-20) to expand protections to medical providers as they amplify the use of video chats and similar applications to provide routine and non-emergency medical appointments in an effort to minimize patient exposure to COVID-19. 

April 2, 2020 – OCR announces notification of enforcement discretion to allow uses and disclosures of protected health information by Business Associates for public health and health oversight activities during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency  – information can be found on the Emergency Information Sharing page.

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