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Privacy and Civil Liberties

Notice: As a result of increases in the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) level, our offices are limited to mission-essential personnel only and maximizing the use of telework for other personnel. This means that we are unable to handle requests sent via traditional methods such as postal mail. During this time, we  can only respond to electronic inquiries while under elevated HPCON levels and request that  when sending information to the DHA Privacy and Civil Liberties Office or the DHA Freedom of Information Act Service Center,  please use the following addresses DHA.PrivacyOfficeMail@mail.mil or DHA.FOIA@mail.mil.

Please refrain from sending personally identifiable information or health related information as these mailboxes do not allow for your encrypted submission. However, in an abundance of caution, you may use the DoD SAFE (Secure Access File Exchange) via https://safe.apps.mil/ to upload and send your personal information. Please reference the above mailbox addresses for your submission. When using SAFE, we request that any personal information being transmitted must be encrypted prior to uploading and the decryption key must then be provided to the recipient(s) by a means other than SAFE. 

Thank you for your understanding during this time. We will update our webpage when we return to normal operations.

The DHA Privacy and Civil Liberties Office is responsible for safeguarding Military Health System (MHS) individuals and information by administering compliance programs. In this section of the site, you can find information about several important programs and functions, including:

Protection of personally identifiable and protected health information (PII/PHI) serves eligible beneficiaries, human research subjects, and the DHA workforce.

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DoD Manual 6025.18-Implementation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule in DoD Health Care Programs

Policy

This issuance, in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive 5124.02, establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for; DoD compliance with federal law governing health information privacy and breach of privacy; Integrating health information privacy and breach compliance with general information privacy and security requirements in accordance with federal law and DoD issuances; Health information technology, system interoperability, and exchange of electronic health information, in relation to federal law governing health information privacy and breach; and DoD contracting and procurement activities in relation to federal law governing health information privacy and breach.

Implementation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule in DoD Health Care Programs

Policy

This 6025.18 DoD Manual was issued in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive 5124.02. It also implements the policy in DoD Instruction (DoDI) 6025.18, and assigns responsibilities and procedural standards for protecting personally identifiable health information in accordance with parts 160 and 164 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

PGI 224.1-90: Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Protected Health Information (PHI), and Federal Information Requirements

Policy

This PGI provides standard language that shall be included in all purchased and non-purchased care solicitations and contracts where the contractor’s performance involves access to PII/PHI (unless those solicitations and contracts incorporate the TRICARE Manuals in their entirety, in which case this PGI does not apply).

DHA Standard Contract Language

Policy

This Section addresses the Contractor’s requirements under The Privacy Act of 1974 (Privacy Act), The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and The Health Insurance Privacy and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as set forth in applicable statutes, implementing regulations and DoD issuances.

DoD Instruction 8580.02: Security of Individually Identifiable Health Information in DoD Health Care Programs

Policy

This instruction establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for security of individually identifiable health information created, received, maintained, or transmitted in electronic form (referred to in this instruction as “electronic protected health information (ePHI)”).

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