Frequently Asked Questions

What is Research Health Information?  

Research Health Information (RHI) is any individually identifiable information obtained or generated through research activities exclusively for research purposes. A full definition and the university’s policy for RHI data use can be found on the "What is RHI?" webpage.  

How does RHI relate to Protected Health Information and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act?  

Protected Health Information (PHI) is associated with or derived from a healthcare service event (i.e., the provision of care or payment for care) and thus is subject to HIPAA regulations, while RHI is not. However, RHI is covered by other state and federal laws for privacy and confidentiality of this information. 

A full definition and the university’s policy for RHI data use can be found on the "What is RHI?" webpage

What do I need to use RHI?  

Before using RHI, researchers and/or their unit’s IT staff should create a security plan. Data should be stored an approved university service, like Microsoft 365, Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services. More information can be found on the "Using RHI Data" webpage.  

Where can I learn more?

The "University Resources" webpage offers tools and training opportunities for researchers and other staff who work with RHI data. If you are looking for a specific resource that is not listed on that webpage, please email the team at securemyresearch@osu.edu for assitance.  

Who can I contact with questions or feedback?  

Please reach out to the team at securemyresearch@osu.edu