As of April 14, 2003 , the Privacy Rule requires many health care providers and health insurers to obtain additional documentation from researchers before disclosing personal health information for research and to scrutinize researchers' requests for access to health information more closely. Although the Privacy Rule introduces new rules for the use and disclosure of health information by covered entities, researchers can help to enable their continued access to health data by understanding the Privacy Rule and assisting health care entities covered by the Privacy Rule in meeting its requirements.
At ProHealth Care the IRB serves as the Privacy Board, and determines who has access to medical records covered by ProHealth Care when they are used for the purposes of human subjects research. Thus, researchers must seek authorization from patients using the appropriate form or request that the privacy board waive the requirement for research authorization.
For questions related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule you should contact the ProHealth Care Privacy Officer, 262-696-5811.