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Legal, Ethical, Policy

The documents below focus on legal, ethical, and policy concerns that surveillance practitioners must effectively address to ensure continued public trust and collection of data to monitor the health of the nation.

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Data Sharing

Policy on data sharing as well as data sharing agreement templates.

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Links to information on ethical issues in the practice of public health.

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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule

Guidance on the Privacy Rule, which provides the national standards for protecting the privacy of health information.

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Human Subjects Protection

Documents addressing the importance of protecting the rights of research participants.

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Legal and Regulatory Issues

Documents addressing other legal and regulatory issues faced when practicing surveillance.

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Meaningful Use

Guidance on "meaningful use" of interoperable electronic health records throughout the U.S health care delivery system under the American Reinvestment & Recovery Act.

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