RESOURCES: Navigating the Privacy Rule

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Science  25 Apr 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5619, pp. 557
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5619.557e

New federal regulations that strictly limit the release of patients' medical information went into effect on 14 April. The so-called privacy rule applies not only to hospitals, pharmacies, and doctors, but also to many researchers. Find out if and how the regulations will affect your work at this new Web site from the Department of Health and Human Services. The site offers a handbook for researchers that explains who must abide by the regulations, what information is covered, and how to legally use patient data. The site will add in-depth guidelines tailored for particular types of scientists and organizations, such as clinicians and institutional review boards.

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