HIPAA Research Compliance
Mission and Purpose:
The mission of the HIPAA Compliance Program is to facilitate researchers to use, disclose or gather "protected health information" (PHI) related to their research endeavors and be in compliance with the federal mandate known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 aka “Privacy Rule.” Towards this, the HIPAA Compliance Program offers one on one and classroom based trainings and an extensive library of information.
The purpose of the HIPAA Compliance Program is to ensure that research studies involving use, disclosure or collection of "protected health information" are conducted with utmost respect to the privacy and confidentiality rights of the study participants thereby preserving and maintaining the public trust in the institution.
The HIPAA Compliance Program extends directly or indirectly to any researcher who is conducting research involving ‘protected health information’ whether the researcher’s primary appointment is with a USF covered component or not. HIPAA education is mandatory for USF Health faculty, staff, students, residents and fellows, but please be advised that USF Health HIPAA training course does not meet the USF IRB requirement for education in human subjects protection. HIPAA Compliance Program also renders service to the USF affiliate sites with their studies involving PHI.
USF is dedicated to providing a safe, secure, and ethical workplace. This hotline provides an easy, anonymous way to discreetly and confidentially report activities that may involve improper conduct or violations of USF policies.