HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is United States legislation that outlines data privacy and security regulations for safeguarding medical information. Since HIPAA regulates the use and sharing of health information, some clubs who might be handling such information may need to consider whether HIPAA applies to their club.

Specific circumstances trigger the need for HIPPA's privacy rules to cover an entity. These situations are not typically found in today’s health club, even those offering health promotion or wellness programs. However, as more and more clubs are collaborating with the medical community and partnering with medical systems, many club operators are wondering whether or not HIPAA applies to them, or whether it could apply in the future.

IHRSA worked with several industry experts to help clubs understand how these regulations may apply to their businesses.

“Even if your club is not required to comply with HIPAA regulations, you can implement a few key best practices for dealing with—and protecting— personal health information. It is important to protect your members’ privacy and security, demonstrate your club’s understanding of privacy practices to medical partners, and protect your business.”

Alexandra Black Larcom, Senior Manager of Health Promotion & Health Policy


This e-book will:

  • Help you understand basic requirements of HIPAA
  • Assist you in deciding whether or not HIPAA applies to your club
  • Provide situational awareness of the need for HIPAA compliance
  • Provide direction for clubs wishing to pursue HIPAA compliance