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Personnel: HIPAA

HIPAA is the the "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996" and relates to the issue of the protection of medical privacy for individuals. Public libraries are not "covered entities" under HIPAA and are therefore not required to be "HIPAA Compliant." However it is recommended that libraries begin implementing some of the privacy precautions required of covered entities now since as an employer you do retain sensitive information about employees.

For example: Develop privacy policies and procedures that cover such issues as making sure computer monitors displaying employee information does not face a common area in the library; placement of the fax machine should be away from a public area in case you receive a fax related to an employee's medical coverage; procedures to handle an employee that purposefully give out another employees medical information for harmful purposes.

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