Simplifying HIPAA-Related Processes

A cross-campus working group collaboratively drafted questions to be used in faculty interviews to assess their sensitive data needs.  The working group also identified opportunities to improve the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process, as it pertains to HIPAA, by populating the form with choices and reducing, if not eliminating, free-form text boxes.  Faculty welcomed the suggestion for simplifying the IRB form.

In an effort to finalize HIPAA-related workflows and processes, Applied Health Sciences identified a project that could be used as a sentinel effort.  AHS staff are currently working with NCSA staff to pilot the local HIPAA-compliant environment.  

Efforts are underway to build HIPAA-compliant environments in Amazon Web Services (AWS).  As necessary processes are defined for working with sensitive data in AWS, early adopters will be identified to pilot the new processes and environment.

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