Researchers who want access to de-identified data must sign a data use
agreement which includes:
Specific permitted uses and disclosures of the limited data set by the
recipient consistent with the purpose for which it was disclosed (a data
use agreement cannot authorize the recipient to use or further disclose
the information in a way that, if done by the covered entity, would
violate the Privacy Rule).
Identify who is permitted to use or receive the limited data set.
Stipulations that the recipient will
Not use or disclose the information other than permitted by the
agreement or otherwise required by law.
Use appropriate safeguards to prevent the use or disclosure of the
information, except as provided for in the agreement, and require the
recipient to report to the covered entity any uses or disclosures in
violation of the agreement of which the recipient becomes aware.
Hold any agent of the recipient (including subcontractors) to the
standards, restrictions, and conditions stated in the data use
agreement with respect to the information.