Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a complex regulation that may affect researchers at the University of Maine. HIPAA is designed to protect the use and disclosure of individually identifiable health information (also defined as Protected Health Information or PHI). PHI is defined as any of the 18 HIPAA recognized identifiers) in combination with health information.
HIPAA recognized identifiers:
At this time, the Cutler Health Center is the only health care component covered by the HIPAA regulations; however, if a researcher collaborates with a hospital, doctor, etc., the regulations apply. UMS HIPAA General Operating Policies and Forms are found at: http://www.maine.edu/hipaa/. HIPAA General Operating Policy #22, USES AND DISCLOSURES FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES, is found at: http://www.maine.edu/hipaa/hipaa22.html.
Please contact Gayle Jones, 581-1498 if you have questions. She will be in contact with University Counsel for advice on all studies that are subject to the Privacy Rule.