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2008 HSR&D National Meeting Abstract

National Meeting 2008

2008 — Behind the VA Firewall and in the Trenches: Perspectives on Data Security from the Field

Canning MT (VA COE Sepulveda), Humphreys KN (VA Palo Alto Program Evaluation & Resource Center (PERC)), Yano EM (VA COE Sepulveda)

Workshop Objectives:
Within the VA research community, everyone -- administrators, research investigators, and staff – is responsible for implementing VA data security requirements. While we recognize the utmost importance of maintaining data security, particularly for health services research studies, there is no universal protocol of best practices available to achieve these aims. The variety of research methods, forms of data, physical locations, and staff involved in the conduct of health services research studies, creates the need for individualized data security plans. However, common elements across VA sites and HSR&D studies create an opportunity to adapt strategies implemented by other sites. This workshop will provide multiple perspectives from the field on best practices to achieve and maintain data security, specifically how nationwide VA data security requirements are being implemented at various VA research sites across the country.

The workshop will commence as a panel involving several VA health services researchers and administrators from multiple research sites. Each participant will take a few minutes to describe the data security issues and challenges that have emerged at his or her site. Audience members will be provided a forum to ask questions and to share their own experiences. The format will provide for an open-ended, frank discussion about strategies for assuring adherence to VA data security requirements.

Target Audience:
This workshop will provide a forum for VA administrators, managers, and research investigators to learn about establishing and maintaining data security protocols, and to offer solutions to ongoing data security challenges.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
VA data security issues and challenges

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