A healthcare administrator recently contacted the Network asking for resources on the applicability and requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) in relation to the sharing of students’ immunization information.
FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. HIPAA is a Federal law that sets out protections for health insurance coverage and provides standards for privacy for electronic and other health records. Information about a student’s immunization status can be important to public health (particularly during disease outbreaks), but privacy requirements must be observed.
The Network provided the requestor with several resources, including:
Network attorneys are available to answer questions on this and other public health topics at no cost to you, and can assist you in using law to advance your public health initiatives. Contact a Network Attorney in your area for more information.
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