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Security Training: What constitutes PII?

Here's the list that defines Personally Identifiable Information (PII) as  provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services regulations (45 CFR Section 164.514). 
(A) Names; 
(B) All geographic subdivisions smaller than a State, including street address, city, county, precinct, zip code, and their equivalent geocodes, except for the initial three digits of a zip code if, according to the current publicly available data from the Bureau of the Census: (1) The geographic unit formed by combining all zip codes with the same three initial digits contains more than 20,000 people; and (2) The initial three digits of a zip code for all such geographic units containing 20,000 or fewer people is changed to 000. 
(C) 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; 
(D) Telephone numbers; 
(E) Fax numbers; 
(F) Electronic mail addresses; 
(G) Social security numbers; 
(H) Medical record numbers; 
(I) Health plan beneficiary numbers; 
(J) Account numbers; 
(K) Certificate/license numbers; 
(L) Vehicle identifiers and serial numbers, including license plate numbers; 
(M) Device identifiers and serial numbers; 
(N) Web Universal Resource Locators (URLs); 
(O) Internet Protocol (IP) address numbers; 
(P) Biometric identifiers, including finger and voice prints; 
(Q) Full face photographic images and any comparable images; and 
(R) Any other unique identifying number, characteristic, or code, except for record numbers assigned by Samaritan that could not be associated by an external organization or person with any of the above types of information.
This is the information in our customer data that must be protected with the highest levels of security. Additionally, any health information included in our customer data constitutes PHI or protected health information which must also be protected by our highest levels of security.
Disclosure of any of this information without proper authorization is prohibited and carries severe penalties for Samaritan and it's contractors. Disclosure of any customer data by any member of our staff (including contractors) is grounds for administrative action up to and including termination. 
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