Nextgov: NIH Needs ‘Honest Broker’ To Manage New COVID-19 Data Warehouse

“The National Institutes of Health is standing up a new research data sharing initiative around COVID-19 and needs an ‘honest broker’ to manage the data warehouse and protect patient privacy.”

NIH has stood up a number of efforts specifically to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including a new program under the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences called the National COVID Cohort Collaborative, or N3C.”

“’N3C is building a centralized national data resource that the research community can use to study COVID-19 and identify potential treatments as the pandemic continues to evolve,’ according to a sources sought notice posted Wednesday to beta.SAM.gov. ‘Specifically, the N3C will enable the rapid collection and analysis of clinical, laboratory and diagnostic data from hospitals and health care plans. Collaborators will contribute and use COVID-19 clinical data to answer critical research questions to address the pandemic.’”

“To ensure the program does not run afoul of health data privacy rules, NIH ‘requires the services of an honest data broker for the NIH COVID-19 data warehouse to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the clinical data it contains,’ the notice states…” Read the full article here.

Source: NIH Needs ‘Honest Broker’ To Manage New COVID-19 Data Warehouse – By Aaron Boyd, July 30, 2020. Nextgov.

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