The privacy provisions of the federal law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), apply to health information created or maintained by health care providers who engage in certain electronic transactions, health plans, and health care clearinghouses. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued the regulation,"Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information," applicable to entities covered by HIPAA.

To learn more about the HIPAA Privacy Rules relating to research, please visit the links indicated below from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

Medical Privacy - National Standards to Protect the Privacy of Personal Health Information

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/

Information for Patients

http://privacyruleandresearch.nih.gov/patients.asp

Overview of the Privacy Rule as it relates to Research

http://privacyruleandresearch.nih.gov/

What Health Information is protected by the Privacy Rule?

http://privacyruleandresearch.nih.gov/pr_07.asp