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Privacy and Civil Liberties

The Defense Health Agency Privacy and Civil Liberties Office is responsible for safeguarding Military Health System (MHS) individuals and information by administering compliance programs. We oversee the protection of personally identifiable information (PII)/protected health information (PHI) within the MHS, one of the largest integrated health care delivery systems in the United States, serving more than 9.6 million eligible beneficiaries.

Our Mission

Ensure vigilance in the protection of privacy information and promote compliance across the organization.

What We Do

We support MHS compliance with Federal privacy and security laws, and Department of Defense (DOD) regulations and guidance. This includes managing and evaluating potential risks and threats to the privacy and security of MHS health data by performing critical reviews through:

  • Evaluation of privacy and security safeguards, including conducting annual Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 Security Risk Assessments
  • Performance of Internal Privacy Office Compliance Assessments
  • Establishment of organizational performance metrics to identify and measure potential compliance risks
  • Consultation for leadership and the workforce on areas of DHA-level oversight

In addition, the DHA Privacy Office has specific responsibility for various DHA-level areas. We support HIPAA development to comply with Federal laws, DOD regulations, and guidelines governing the privacy and security of PII/PHI, as well as the development and revision of DHA privacy-related plans, policies, and procedures. Key elements include:

  • HIPAA Privacy and Security
  • Privacy Act of 1974
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
  • Data Sharing Compliance
  • Human Research Protection
  • Training for the Workforce
  • Upholding Civil Liberties

The DHA Privacy Office also engages DHA stakeholders, including employees and contractors, by developing and delivering education and awareness materials and ongoing workforce privacy and HIPAA security training.

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Research Repository Template

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This template is designed to assist the Department of Defense Institutional Review Board with determining if DHA data disclosed to a research study will, in any form (de-identified or otherwise), be placed in a research repository and, if so, the type of data and whether any Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance requirements are applicable.

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IRB Findings Document

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The IRB HIPAA Compliance Review Findings on Data Requests.

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List of Systems Containing DHA Data

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Privacy Program Plan

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The DHA Privacy Office has developed this PPP to present its strategic concept of operations, including descriptions of how DHA complies with federal privacy requirements and related information management subject areas. This DHA PPP formally documents the DHA’s Privacy Program, including a description of the structure of the Privacy Program, the subject programs and activities that comprise the program, the roles and responsibilities of privacy officials and staff, the strategic goals and objectives of the Privacy Program, and the controls in place or planned – such as policies and procedures and specific programs and activities for meeting applicable privacy requirements and managing privacy risks. Privacy Program Plan

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