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PHI Research and HIPAA Compliant Data Sets

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The FBRI is partnered with Virginia Tech to define and develop the best-case solution for storage and compute involving PHI and HIPAA-compliant data sets and to allow our researchers and colleagues the ability to access the data as needed.  We hope to have a solution in place in the near future.  In the interim, HIPAA-compliant data storage and access is provided by a virtual machine environment (VME) hosted by Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech Virtual Machine Environment (VME)

If you are a researcher working with Protected Health Information (PHI) or a contractual agreement involving compliance with HIPAA guidelines, you can use this service to procure a protected Linux or Windows VM managed by Collaborative Computing Solutions (CCS) to support this research.

Important: In addition to requesting the VME service, you should also make sure the Virginia Tech Office of Research Compliance is aware of your project and its compliance requirements.

Features and Benefits

  • Secure Research VM

    A virtual machine developed from the ground up to help provide customers with a secure, restricted environment for performing research and analysis with sensitive data.

    • Data Security - Data is encrypted both at-rest and in-transit using industry-standard security tools and protocols.
    • Physical Security - The Secure VM is hosted on a Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Failover Cluster located in a secured rack in the AISB Data Center.
    • Network Security - VME VM access is restricted to a single, securely-located access computer (hardened thin client or managed kiosk-mode computer). Access is restricted to CCS System Admins or customer project personnel only using a secure channel (VME VPN, SSH, SSL, etc).

More information, cost, access, and instructions.  

If you sign up for this service, please let us know so we can assist and support you best. 

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