The 18 Protected Health Information Identifiers

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Policy Type

  1. Names
  2. Geographic subdivisions smaller than a state, Geocodes (e.g.-> zip, county, or city codes; street addr, etc)
  3. Dates.  All elements of dates except year, unless individual is > 89 yrs. (e.g.-> birth date, admission date, etc)
  4. Telephone numbers
  5. Fax numbers
  6. Electronic mail addresses
  7. Social security numbers
  8. Medical record numbers
  9. Health plan beneficiary numbers
  10. Account numbers
  11. Certificate/license numbers
  12. Vehicle identifiers and serial numbers (including license plate numbers)
  13. Device identifiers and serial numbers
  14. Web Universal Resource Locator (URL)
  15. Internet protocol (IP) address number
  16. Biometric identifiers (including finger or voice prints)
  17. Full face photographic images and any comparable images
  18. Any other unique identifying number, characteristic, or code