Protected Health Information (PHI) Law and Legal Definition

Protected health information (PHI) means any individually identifiable health information relating to health status, provision of health care, or payment for health care. PHI is recorded and maintained in any form or medium and transmitted through electronic media. PHI is usually interpreted broadly under the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and includes any part of a patient’s medical record or payment history.

PHI does not include employment records kept by a covered entity and health information that forms part of the educational records covered by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).