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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Policy on data sharing as well as data sharing agreement templates.
Links to information on ethical issues in the practice of public health.
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.
Human Subjects Protection
Documents addressing the importance of protecting the rights of research participants.
Legal and Regulatory Issues
Documents addressing other legal and regulatory issues faced when practicing surveillance.
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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