The AAHC findings are based on focus group discussions of researchers and compliance personnel at five major academic health centers. Of particular significance to researchers, and often unrecognized by the public, is that HIPAA particularly affects access to stored tissue and genetic datasets, data warehouses and medical records, and community research. Community research, so vital in large collaborative research efforts is becoming increasingly difficult as community physicians are reluctant to engage in research due to the burdensome HIPAA requirements, according to the report.
The AAHC recommendations include: (1) the HIPAA Privacy Rule be revised to defer to the existing and well-established Common Rule -- the existing federal policy for the protection of human subjects; (2) the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services should revise the rule through its Office of Civil Rights; and (3) Congress should implement a national genetic privacy act or include it in a revision of HIPAA to help resolve current conflicts between state privacy acts and HIPAA that now hamper tissue bank and genetic research.
The AAHC is a national non-profit association dedicated to advancing health and well-being through leadership in health professions education, patient care, and research.
|SOURCE Association of Academic Health Centers|
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