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HIPAA Resources for Researchers

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule is a comprehensive Federal Protection for the privacy of protected health information (PHI) and establishes the conditions under which PHI may be used or disclosed by covered entities for research purposes.

What is Protected Health Information (PHI)?
PHI is defined as individually identifiable health information transmitted or maintained by a covered entity or its business associates in any form or medium (45 CFR 160.163). 

List of 18 PHI Identifiers

Federal HIPAA Resources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Privacy Information
The Office for Civil Rights enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the HIPAA Security Rule, the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Rule.

HIPAA Privacy Rule Information for Researchers
Provides information on the Privacy Rule for the research community.

Ferris State University Covered Entities HIPAA Resources

Birkam Health Center HIPAA Policies and Procedures
Interim Privacy Officer: Christy Bourdlais, WHNP-BC, (231) 591-5963

Dental Hygiene HIPAA Policies and Procedures
Privacy Officer: Jerelyn Smith, VFS 204B, (231) 591-2284

Human Resources HIPAA Policies and Procedures
Privacy Officer:  Fredericka Hayes, PRK 150, (231) 591-2150

Michigan College of Optometry HIPAA Policies and Procedures
Privacy Officer: Jan Sternberg, MCO 101D, (231) 591-5213

Pharmacy HIPAA Policies and Procedures
Privacy Officer: Rodney Larson, PHR 210, (231) 250-7675

Additional Resources

Ferris State University HIPAA Breach Notification Policy