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Human Research

Human Research - Data & Technology Considerations

Compliance requirements data and technology used in support of human subjects' research can be significant.  Approvals for using and collecting data and technology products can be time consuming and should be considered when planning for human subjects' research. 

Data Use, Collection & Generation: The risk related to the state of the data (identifiable, de-identified, coded, anonymous) is determined by institutional policy, regulatory policy such as HIPAA and FERPA, and the research protocol (audience, sensitive topics). The data risk will dictate products that can be used for data collection, storage, and analysis.

Participant Communication: The technology used to communicate with participants during the recruitment phase and during the conduct of research is also regulated by institutional and regulatory policy.

Data Transfer & Sharing: Transferring (a separate copy) and sharing (using the same copy) data during research with collaborators is also subject to institutional and regulatory policy. 

For comprehensive information about human subjects' research at WVU visit the WVU OHRP website.

Data & Technology Guidance

Federal Policies
Institutional Policy
WVU Sensitive Data Policy
WVU HIPPA Hybrid Policy (Covered Entities, Non-Covered Entities)

Research Office Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

WVU OHRP SOPs Human Research Data Protection Process
Using WVU Health System Medical/Dental Records
Approved Technology Products for Research
Approved Products for Participant Payment
Electronic Informed Consent
Data Agreements (Transfer and Sharing)
Participant Communication via Email and Texting  (Notifications, Reminders, Scheduling, Check-Ins)


Data and Technology Use   
Human Data Types
Collecting Data From Participants
Technology Compliance: Collaboration and Reliance, External IRBs
Wearables and mHealth/Digital Health
Informed Consent - Obtaining Consent for Communication and Data Use