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Compliance Program

Research Preparation Application

If you are not redirected automatically, follow the Preparatory to Research Application

If you want to look at PHI not for research purposes, but for preliminary purposes such as evaluating whether a research project is feasible or not, designing data collection forms, etc., you can apply for access to the PHI under the "review preparatory to research" portion of HIPAA. You must do the following:

You must send a request to the privacy officer with:

  1. A statement that the work is solely to review PHI to prepare a research protocol or for similar purposes preparatory to research.
  2. A statement that no PHI will be removed from the entity holding it.
  3. A list of the elements of PHI that are necessary for the work.

The privacy officer must approve the request. Please fill out the following form. You will either be contacted for more information or e-mailed an approval. A copy of the e-mail can be used as evidence of approval.

Application Form


Contact Sharalyn Reed (916) 734-8808 if you have questions, or look at the Compliance Web site section on HIPAA: