Clinical Research and the HIPAA Privacy Rule

To try and answer these questions and by narrowing down the subject by looking in more detail at Data Security and Privacy issues of one of the Social Network sites the research will be conducted upon Facebook. As Facebook is now the leading Social Networking site with the most users, now in excess of 350 million users (December 2009 figures).
What are, if any are the rewards in regard to Facebooks new Privacy features introduced in December 2009?

Research organizations and researchers may or may not be covered by the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

A: Call centers in many cases will not be part of a covered entity (health plan, health care clearinghouse, certain health care providers), and thus, are not required to comply with the Privacy Rule. A call center for research is an entity established to receive and answer calls from interested individuals about a research project. Commonly, a call center will collect identifiable information about a caller who may be interested in the research study and then transmit such information to researchers involved in the study or send information about a study directly to callers.


Overview of the Privacy Rule's Impact on Clinical Research

If a call center is part of a covered entity, e.g., part of a covered health care provider that is also a researcher, it may speak with an individual without Authorization for purposes of communicating about the research study or obtaining the individual's Authorization to use or disclose his or her PHI for the study. However, any use or disclosure of the individual's PHI for the research study itself or other purposes is subject to the conditions set forth in the Privacy Rule.


Clinical Research and the HIPAA Privacy Rule

2.1 Primary research including personal experience of being a Facebook user, the interaction with a growing number of Facebook friends and by also drawing upon their experiences of being a Facebook user. Conducted through both informal and formal discussion groups and interviews.
2.2 The production of an Online Survey/Questionnaire using an external Website to gather data on key Privacy and Trust issues.
2.3 Using the huge Resource which is the Internet. Research from Facebooks own Press, Privacy and Statistics web pages.
2.4 Backup/Confirm the research conducted on Facebooks pages using other Media sources on the Internet including the BBC, the Newspaper Media and the UK’s specialists Media pages.
2.5 Investigation from Library resources including books, journals and news articles.

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The Privacy Rule does not require IRBs to review or approve Authorizations used for research or other disclosures; it only requires that the Authorization comply with the requirements of the Rule at section 164.508. For Office for Civil Rights (OCR) guidance on this topic, see .

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A: Under the Privacy Rule, a patient's Authorization is for the use and disclosure of PHI, which can include use or disclosure for research purposes. In contrast, an individual's informed consent, as required by the HHS or FDA Protection of Human Subjects Regulations, is a consent to participate in the research study as a whole, not simply a consent for the research use or disclosure of PHI. While there are important differences between the Privacy Rule's requirements for individual Authorization, and HHS' or FDA's Protection of Human Subjects Regulations requirements for informed consent, the Privacy Rule's Authorization elements are compatible with the informed consent elements of the HHS Protection of Human Subjects Regulations. Thus, both sets of requirements can be met by use of a single, combined form, which is permitted by the Privacy Rule. For example, the Privacy Rule allows the Authorization for research to state that the Authorization will be valid until the conclusion of the research study, or to state that the Authorization will not have an expiration date or event. This is compatible with HHS' Protection of Human Subjects Regulations requirement for an explanation of the expected duration of the research subject's participation in the study. It should be noted that where the Privacy Rule, the HHS Protection of Human Subjects Regulations, and/or FDA's Protection of Human Subjects Regulations apply, each applicable regulation must be followed.