Protected Health Information (PHI)

Protected health information (PHI) refers to health data created, kept, or shared by HIPAA-covered entities and their commercial partners in the provision of healthcare, healthcare operations, and payment for such services. 

Protected health information can be about an individual’s past, present, or future mental and physical health, the provision of healthcare to them, or payment for that health care. This information may be: 

  • Transmitted by electronic media
  • Maintained in electronic media; or 
  • Transmitted or maintained in any other form or medium. 


Alder, S. (2022, January 2). What is Protected Health Information?. HIPPA Journal.