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"Business Associate" - Hospitals Glossary Terms and Abbreviations
Under HIPAA rules, this term refers to an outside person/entity that performs a service on behalf of the health care provider (including a researcher) or the health care institution during which individually identifiable health information is created, used, or disclosed. For example, web hosting or data storage companies will be business associates if they receive protected health information. In addition, third parties that handle billing for a research study, or recruitment and screening, will also be business associates. Certain exceptions apply.
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