NRPM: Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information. a. Importance of disclosures to next-of-kin and the need for protected health information.

11/03/1999

In some cases, disclosure of protected health information to next-of-kin, to other relatives, or to persons with whom the individual has a close personal relationship and who are involved in caring for or helping the individual, can facilitate effective health care delivery. We do not intend to impede the disclosure of protected health information to relatives or friends when expeditious disclosure of such information clearly would be in the individual’s best interest.