HIPAA: What Does It Mean for Medical Research Data?

Written by Jarrod Irwin

Researchers across disciplines care about the security and privacy of their data–especially those with data containing personally identifiable information, as even limited combinations of certain data points can lead to the identification of a subject. Researchers in the health sciences have an especially strong need to protect it. Patient health data has special legal restrictions on its use and handling.

Here’s a quick look at the most important U.S. law affecting patient health data, as well as some best practices for preserving data privacy when working with laboratory tests and other types of medical research data.