WHAT ABOUT HIPAA?
Consistent with these guidelines, we have established several steps to protect any confidential information obtained. Information on potential enrollees is kept in a paper file (not entered into any computer) in a locked room to which only research staff have access. When women decide not to participate, the preliminary paper records are destroyed.
Information on participants is entered into the study computer, using a study number as the only identifier. The names and other identifiers of each patient are kept in a locked cabinet to which only the research staff have access.
Confidentiality is very important to our participants and we take every precaution to uphold the privacy of each individual.