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Research Privacy

Drexel University Privacy Board

The mission of the Drexel University Privacy Board (Privacy Board) is to provide access for use and disclosure of individuals' protected health information (PHI) that is involved in a research project in a manner consistent with federal and state privacy regulations and Drexel University's research policies and guidelines. The Privacy Board reviews and approves privacy-related documents and transactions to satisfy the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Pennsylvania State Breach Act. The Privacy Board is not an Institutional Review Board (IRB).

The Privacy Board will:

  1. Review and approve Authorizations in accordance with 45 C.F.R. 164.508.
  2. Review and approve Waivers or Alterations of Authorization in accordance with 45 C.F.R. 164.512.
  3. Review and approve Preparatory to Research requests per CFR 164.512 (i) under the direction of the Privacy Officer.
  4. Review and approve Decedent Information access requests per CFR 164.512 (i) under the direction of the Privacy Officer.
  5. Issue and Execute Data Use Agreements with Limited Data Sets per CFR 164.514 (e) (2) under the direction of the Privacy Officer.
  6. Review and approve De-identification of Protected Health Information elements listed at CFR 164.514 (b) (2) under the direction of the Privacy Officer.

Membership

The Privacy Board consist of eight members, four ad hoc members and two ex officio members, including the Executive Director, Drexel University Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and legal counsel. One member must not be affiliated with Drexel University. The Drexel University Privacy Officer chairs the Privacy Board. An attorney from the Office of General Counsel serves as ex officio member and provides legal advice. Project coordinators from the Office of Research Regulatory Compliance serve as members of the Privacy Board.

The Privacy Officers of Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children are ad hoc committee members for the purpose of approving Limited Data Set, Data Use Agreements, Decedent Information, and Preparatory to Research documents when required for their institutions.

Ex Officio Members
Name Title Phone Number
Diana Hare Chief Privacy Counsel 267.359.5858
Karen Skinner Executive Director, Drexel University HRP 215.762.3358
Ad Hoc Members
Name Title Phone Number
Robert Asante – Chair Interim Chief Privacy Officer 267.359.5799
Jason R. Connell Executive Director of Privacy and Compliance 267.359.5780
Paladin Healthcare
Hahnemann University Hospital Privacy Officer – (open)
Hahnemann University Hospital Clinical Research Coordinator – (open)
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children Privacy Officer – (open)
Members
Name Title Supports Phone Number
Dr. Mizra Beg Non-affiliated Physician/Community Member    
Adithi Asuri Project Coordinator II IRB 1, 3, 4 215.762.3943
Barbara Ferrigno Project Coordinator II IRB 1, 3, 4 215.762.3980
Kirstie McClung Regulatory Coordinator II IRB 1, 3, 4 215.762.3587
Maria Fuentes Project Coordinator II IRB 1, 2, 4 215.762.3982
NaDea Mak Project Coordinator II IRB 1, 3, 4 215.762.3359
Zachary Hathaway Project Coordinator II IRB 1, 3, 4 215.762.3398

Data Breach Investigation and Response

The Privacy and Security Committee of Drexel University conducts investigations, coordinates privacy remediation efforts, reports suspected breaches, and handles required federal and state regulatory mandates. The Privacy and Security Committee serves as the breach incident response team for Drexel University and its subsidiaries. The Privacy and Security Committee is chaired by the Interim Chief Privacy Officer, who also chairs the Privacy Board.

Revised 2018-02-14 Version 12