Health care privacy falls under the Administrative Simplification provisions of HIPAA, a piece of legislation passed by Congress in 1996. It requires covered entities to take measures to protect personal health information (PHI). Covered entities include health plans, health care providers, and health care clearinghouses. The UH Program was included as a covered entity in the regulations.
What this means for you is that the University of Houston is obligated by law to ensure the privacy of any medical data that becomes known to us, such as your application for FML (Family Medical Leave) or a visit to the University Health Center.
Need additional assistance? Call the HR Service Center at 713-743-3988 to discuss your situation in greater detail or to schedule an appointment with a Benefits representative.