Established university committees assist ECU’s research compliance team in handling data.

Identity Theft Protection Committee (ITPC)

In order to implement and ensure compliance with legal requirements governing social security numbers (SSNs) and personally identifiable information (PII), ECU established the Identity Theft Protection Committee (ITPC) to oversee ECU’s compliance with this regulation in regard to the collection, segregation, disclosure, and security of SSNs and PII and the development of related policies and regulations.

The ITPC is also responsible for approving the collection and use of SSNs and PII. Questions concerning the requirements of this regulation should be directed to the ITPC at

Clinical Technologies and HIPAA Compliance

The Office of Institutional Integrity (OII), in conjunction with the University healthcare data steward, oversee the adoption and use of healthcare-related information technologies. OII’s partnership with ITCS provides a uniform process for the Brody School of Medicine, ECU School of Dental Medicine, ECU Allied Health, ECU College of Nursing, ECU Health and Student Health Services to request and receive guidance in the selection, development and implementation of hardware, software systems, databases and third party IT services that support clinical research and operations for the purposes of assuring compatibility with existing East Carolina University and ECU Health healthcare-related information technology systems, promoting operational efficiency, limiting storage of patient information outside of the university’s designated Electronic Health Record (EHR) system(s), and ensuring both patient and university data are protected within the scope of applicable university policies, government regulations and state laws.

The scope of OII and the healthcare data steward is the review of departmental uses of ITCS approved technologies.

To initiate the purchase and/or implementation (including “free”) of a new technology or upgrade of an existing technology, contact ECU Materials Management or visit ITCS’s Technology Purchase Process webpage

For questions related to ECU’s HIPAA Privacy or Security Rule compliance, please contact the Office of Institutional Integrity:Phone: 744-5200 Email:


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