Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Research

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the HITECH Act (2013) are federal laws governing the way certain health information is collected, maintained, used, and disclosed by a covered entity. Elevated, as a covered entity is subject to these regulations. 


Protected Health Information (PHI) is that which is individually identifiable and created or held by a covered entity. Health information is individually identifiable if it identifies and individual or there is a reasonable basis to believe the information could be used to identify an individual including past, present and future health information (mental and physical) about the condition of an individual, the provision of care, or payment for an individual's authorization, except under limited circumstances. For information on how HIPAA affects research at Elevated, email




Public Health Service (PHS) Funded Research

As required by federal regulations, PHS-funded investigators

must disclose sponsored or reimbursed travel. To disclose

sponsored or reimbursed travel:

- Complete a the Conflict of Interest Disclosure form

- Or submit the Travel Log for PHS Funded Researchers 

Note: Once Investigators have made their initial disclosure,

they are required to update their disclosures within 30 days of

discovering or acquiring a new significant financial interest and

annually during the period of award. For clarification and more

information, visit NIH Policy Clarification. 

Federal regulations also require all investigators involved in the

design, conduct of reporting of research. To complete the Financial Conflict of Interest training:

- Log on to and complete a module, followed by out Conflict of Interest form. 

- Upon the completion of the module, you will receive a certificate. Please keep this certificate for your records. 

Most PHS funded projects are through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) but may also come from other agencies. 

Elevated expects institutions who receive federal sub-awards to comply with either their own conflict of Interest policy or Elevated's Research Conflict of Interest policy. If complying with their own Conflict of Interest policy, the sub-recipient institution must provide a publicly accessible policy that complies with PHS regulations on Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which the PHS Funding is Sought (visit 42 C.F.R, Part 50, Subpart f), along with Responsible Prospective Contractors (visit 45 C.F.R. Part 94). 

Elevated aligns itself with this mission along with a number of non-PHS agencies funding research have also elected to adopt the PHS Financial Conflict of Interest Regulations including, but not limited to: 

Alliance for Lupus Research 

American Cancer Society 

Lupus Foundation of America 

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Susan G. Komen for the Cure 

To disclose significant financial interest related to the PHS funding, email

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