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By jayhawk88 (Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 01:08:24 PM EST) (all tags)
A slightly-modified-and-summarized email discussion between myself and a wonderful fellow names Rahul.


My name is Mike Vogts, and I am emailing you about Product. We need to know if Product stores personal  health information (PHI) permanently on the computer, in the MSDE SQL database that is installed on the Product computer. If it does, by University policy we must encrypt the computer. I do not have admin rights on the computer or to the MSDE, so I am unable to check this myself.

Dear Vogts,
Thank you for writing to us and this is to inform you that we don't prefer to install any antivirus on the system.

Antivirus is not what I am concerned about. My question is whether personal health information (PHI) is permanently stored within the SQL database on the computer.

Dear Vogts,
Thank you for writing to us and this is to confirm you, yes, Data folder for the Product located at:
C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL ServerMSSQLData

(Trying to use small words that Google Translate would not choke on) I understand where the data is located. What I need to know is if the database will permanently hold any information that could be used to identify patients who use Program.

Dear Vogts,
This is to inform you that the Personal information is stored in Permanently in SQL on the Computer.

I got the final response this morning, and was so happy to finally get an answer that implied understanding, I didn't even care than I then had to try and get them to grant me a local admin account so I could install encryption. Luckily a sales guy for Product was here today with a manual, and it turns out the "PHI" is an ID number, MM/YY birthday, and Gender. We're thinking we can just skip encryption all together.

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Better check which records refer to/use by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 01:52:13 PM EST
that ID number. HIPPA rules can be a pain.

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