The HIPAA law impacts healthcare research by establishing strict privacy and security regulations for PHI, requiring researchers to obtain patient consent and implement necessary safeguards to ensure confidentiality, which can both facilitate and present challenges to conducting valuable research while safeguarding patients’ sensitive data. Under HIPAA, healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses are considered “covered entities” and must adhere to its provisions. HIPAA’s Privacy Rule extends to “business associates,” such as research institutions and their employees, who handle PHI on behalf of covered entities.
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