It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Programs in the School of Health Professions to protect, to the extent permitted by law, confidential information such as information relating to patients, student records, matters pertaining to pending litigation and intellectual property/scientific discoveries.
Under the Health Information and Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA ), students have an obligation to respect the privacy of all patients and to hold in confidence all patient information gathered either in the course of delivering care or informally observed. All health information is regarded as confidential and is made available only to authorized individuals or as required by law.
Student data is to be used only in the completion of official statistical reports and disclosed only to those persons with a business need-to-know or under legal requirements. Precautions will be taken to protect against inappropriate access, destruction or disclosure of information residing in computers and computer systems.
All new students will attend a confidentiality training session during their orientation to the program. They will be required to complete and sign a Confidentiality Agreement (pdf).