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Privacy Policies

Health Information Portability and Accountability Act

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 is federal legislation enforcing the portability of health care coverage, the security and privacy of health information, and an accounting of how individual health care formation is handled and protected.

The law was created to give individuals more control and access to their medical information, protect individually identifiable medical information (protected health information) from threats of loss or disclosure, and simplify the administration of health insurance claims and lower costs.


Regulations supporting HIPAA punish individuals or organizations that fail to keep patient information confidential and include monetary fines of up to $1.5 million.


The data in the Hawaii Health Data Warehouse have been de-identified by the removal of all information that might be used to identify a specific individual (e.g. name, birthdate, phone numbers, etc.). The only Protected Health Information (PHI) in the Hawaii Health Data Warehouse is geographic location at the zip code or census tract level. This information is stored in a secure server accessible only by authorized individuals. In order to prevent the possible identification of an individual from the data, HHDW follows established rules for suppressing data representing too small of a sample.

The Hawaii State Department of Health is required by law to keep your health information private and to tell you our legal duties and privacy practices. Please see the Hawaii Health DOH Privacy Policy for additional information.

Learn More

Visit the Health Information Privacy website for a wealth of information about HIPAA.

Contact Us

For any additional questions pertaining to Hawaii-IBIS compliance with local, state or federal privacy regulations, please contact us.

Website Visitor Privacy

We are only collecting information that will help us make the site work better for you; let us contact you if you've asked us to, let us give you accurate local information if you need it and give us a sense of how people are using the site, so we can keep improving it.

Information We Collect

We collect the following information from people visiting the website:
  • Questions and feedback including your email address, if you send us email
  • Your IP address, and details of which browser you use
  • How you use our site, using cookies and page tagging techniques

How We Use Your Information

Any information we collect is used to:
  • Improve the content and design of the website.
  • Questions and feedback including your email address, if you send us email
We'll never share your information with other organizations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, and we don't pass on your personal information to any other website.

Connecting to Other Websites

This site contains links to and from websites of government departments and other organizations. We should make it clear that this privacy policy (the one you're reading) only applies to this site.
If you go to another website from this one, please read the privacy policy on that website if you want to know what it does with your information.

Measuring Website Usage

We use Google Analytics to record how people use our site. We want to make sure it's meeting your needs and to understand how we can improve it.
Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information, so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.


We use small data files stored on your computer called 'cookies'. Most big websites do this. To make this site simpler, we sometimes place cookies on your computer.
They improve things by:
  • Remembering settings and information, so you don't have to keep re-entering it.
  • Measure how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs.
Our cookies aren't used to identify you personally. They're just here to make the site work better for you. You can manage and/or delete them as you wish. To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit the About Cookies website.
The information provided above is from the Hawaii Health Data Warehouse and the Hawaii State Department of Health's Hawaii-IBIS web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Sat, 22 January 2022 1:07:18 from Hawaii State Department of Health, Hawaii Health Data Warehouse, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: ".

Content updated: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 05:00:15 HST