Developers and HIPAA


Certain pediatric tasks require fairly precise ages, for example when evaluating jaundice one must know a baby's age in hours. What precautions are required to ensure that a birthdate cannot be inferred by usage data from an app that automates some of these tasks? For example, if a nurse enters in that a baby is 8 hours old, it seems a birthdate could be identified if the time of the nurse/app interaction was known. Any advice on how to avoid patient sensitive information or the transfer of it, in this case even when there are no other identifiers, such as name, SSN, etc?

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