General Information: All students enrolled in the WGU prelicensure nursing program are subject to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services "Privacy Rule" contained in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This act, which became effective in April 2003, is designed to guarantee patient's rights and protects against the misuse or inappropriate disclosure of their individually identifiable health information. As part of their educational experience, students in health care professions are allowed access to protected health information as necessary to provide patient care. Students should access protected health information on the same basis as any other health care provider, which is a "need to know" basis only.
1. Identifiable information, as contained in HIPAA, includes:
2. Students in WGU nursing programs are required to take the following steps to protect the privacy of patients:
3. Case Studies/Clinical Paperwork
4. Accessing of Clinical Records
Article Number: 20501, 2480