Does HIPAA protect students' health data at school?

Information on health care received in US schools can become part of a child's educational record, which is not protected by HIPAA and is available to school officials and teachers without patient consent, according to a report in Pediatrics. Even sensitive data from health programs run by non-school entities in coordination with a school nurse, such as sexually transmitted infection tests, can wind up in educational records, which highlights the need for privacy protocols, study leader Patricia Elliott says.

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