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PHI Identifiers

18 Identifiers that Constitute PHI - Protected Health Information

(Note: If all of the following 18 identifiers are removed, then the data is considered de-identified and may be used/disclosed without restriction.)

  1. Names
  2. All geographic subdivisions smaller than a state, including: street address, city, county, precinct, ZIP Code, and their equivalent geographical codes, except for the initial 3 digits of a ZIP Code if, according to the current publicly available data from the Bureau of the Census
  3. All elements of dates (except year) for dates directly related to an individual, including birth date, admission date, discharge date, date of death; and all ages over 89 and all elements of dates (including year) indicative of such age, except that such ages and elements may be aggregated into a single category of age 90 or older.
  4. Telephone Number
  5. Fax Number
  6. E-mail Address
  7. Social Security number
  8. Medical Record number
  9. Health Plan Beneficiary number
  10. Account numbers
  11. Certificate/License number
  12. Vehicle Identifiers and Serial numbers (including license plates)
  13. Device identifiers and Serial numbers
  14. URL Address
  15. IP Address
  16. Biometric identifiers, like fingerprints and voiceprints
  17. Full-face Photos and Any Comparable Images
  18. Any other unique identifying number, characteristic or code

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