HIPAA Compliance Training

Background and instructions

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) passed by the U.S. Congress in 1996 regulates the security of systems on which patient data is stored, protections for the privacy of personal health records, and the requirements for safeguarding individually identifiable health information. This federal legislation took effect on April 14, 2003. Each healthcare facility is required to provide documentation of HIPAA training for everyone with access to patients and/or patient data. 

Incoming first-year students

This is one of the first steps in your training as a future physician. ​ 

  1. A UW email address is necessary in order to register for the training.
  2. Register yourself for HIPAA training at the Compliance Learning Portal: http://uwmedicinecompliance.uw.edu/register/ ​.
  3. Fill in the registration form as follows: CLP Registration Instructions
    1. Department: SOM Medical Students
    2. Select affiliation: Student
    3. Learner email: your UW.EDU email address
    4. Supervisor/Coordinator Name: Laura Ellis
    5. Supervisor/Coordinator Email:  somcompl@uw.edu
    6. Username: your UW NetID
    7. Once you submit the registration form, you will receive an email from Wordpress with your username and password.​
  4. Login and take the Protecting Patient Information (HIPAA) training​.
  5. Upon completion, you can print a certificate to verify your compliance with this federal regulation. Please email a copy of your certificate in pdf format to SOMcompl@uw.edu and keep one copy for your records. You may be asked to provide a copy by clinical sites or to participate in research projects with patient contact or data.
  6. For further assistance with registration and training completion, please refer to the CLP FAQ or the CLP Registration Instructions


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Ellis at SOMcompl@uw.edu or 206.543.5560.