6.6.D. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

(For Adjunct Clinical Faculty who provide clinical care at Stanford Health Care or Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital)

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations provide significant privacy protections for the health information of patients and research subjects.  As an academic medical center, Stanford University School of Medicine has implemented training to address the management of health data in research, education and clinical care.  The Adjunct Clinical Faculty are required to complete HIPAA training within 30 days of his or her appointment date, but, in any case, before he or she begins any work that requires handling of patient health information (PHI) or human subjects’ health information.  The training provides guidelines and requirements regarding handling of PHI, privacy, security, and other aspects of HIPAA.  Compliance with School of Medicine policy regarding HIPAA training and handling of confidential/private PHI is required and a condition of appointment; failure to complete training, or any inappropriate handling and/or disclosure of PHI may be grounds for termination.  Further information about HIPAA is available here.