California recently released the Statewide Health Information Policy Manual (SHIPM) to provide state departments and entities with guidance on how to comply with state and federal health information laws, including those dealing with privacy, security, and patients’ rights. The manual, developed by the California Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII)―an office within the California Health and Human Services Agency―is a compendium that offers a uniform interpretation of the governing health information laws and establishes standards and requirements designed to ensure compliance with those laws. Among the federal laws addressed in the SHIPM are the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Patients Access to Health Records Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The manual also provides guidance under California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, Information Practices Act, LantermanPetris-Short Act, and Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act, as well as various applicable provisions of the California Penal Code and the California Health and Safety Code. Finally, the SHIPM incorporates standards adopted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and in the California State Administrative Manual. CalOHII has indicated that SHIPM is to be a “living document” that will be updated regularly to account for changes in state or federal law. The full text of the Statewide Health Information Policy Manual, as well as all relevant attachments, are available here.