VCS is fully HIPAA compliant and has partnered with The Compliancy Group to ensure we maintain the highest level of protection for our panelists. Our database is maintained through a third-party system, RealTime CTMS. Every staff member at VCS, whether on the clinical staff or admin, has full HIPAA training prior to beginning work.
Any personal and/or medical information that is obtained in relation to your participation in a study will be kept confidential by Validated Claim Support. Our records are uniquely coded to protect your identity. Apart from medical emergencies and adverse events, full HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) and FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) privacy measures will be in effect. Your information will only be shared internally on a secure server or with an IRB (Institutional Review Board), and consulting physician as necessary on a given study. Sponsors will not have access to any of your personal information such as your name, medical history, etc.
Additionally, VCS will use the medical information in its database so that VCS may be able to contact you to participate in future studies. Therefore, your authorization to VCS to use the medical information and data you provide has no end date. You have the right to revoke this authorization so long as VCS has not already relied on or used the information you provided for a study. At your written request, VCS will not contact you for future studies.
Only employees who have signed a confidentiality agreement are permitted to access the database. VCS does not sell the identifying information in the database. Even if you take back your consent to participate in this study the Use of Personal Information authorization will remain in effect. VCS will maintain your information on a secure server and will not disclose it outside of the conditions noted above.