Privacy and Confidentiality

Information about you and your health is personal and private (confidential) and is therefore protected by federal regulations and by Scott & White.

However, researchers oftentimes need to access individuals' protected health information (commonly known as PHI) in order to learn more about diseases and medical conditions, as well as to learn whether drugs, devices, or treatments are effective and how they affect people.

In order for researchers to access your protected health information (PHI), they typically have to ask for your permission (called authorization), although there are some situations where they may be granted access to your PHI by justifying appropriate use and protection of it to an independent review board that seeks to protect human research subject.


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