The annual Veterans Affairs Research Week, which highlights medical research and healthcare collaborations between the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department and U.S. academic medical institutions, is being marked this year by a data-sharing agreement that "standardizes data-security requirements and processes across institutions," according to a VA news release.
VA, med schools celebrate research efforts
The data-sharing agreement was developed by a working group that included representatives from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Institutes of Health and the VA. "The importance of data security, and in particular the protection of personally identifiable information including protected health information, is fundamental to ensuring continuation and further advances in medical research," the groups stated in a 2010 report on information technology security and privacy in medical research.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of VA Policy Memorandum No. 2, which established links between the VA and the country's medical schools and created collaborative research opportunities as well as medical-student rotations and residency positions at VA hospitals. Other activities to mark 2011's Research Week, the theme for which is “Discovery and Collaboration for Exceptional Health Care,” include a symposium in Washington today addressing the latest findings in regenerative medicine, polytrauma, wheelchair technology and translational research.
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