Privacy in Research Assessment

Prioritize privacy program efforts in your research activities to effectively reduce risks and address compliance requirements.


A comprehensive Privacy Research Assessment is performed by our highly trained privacy professionals and reviews research related documents, processes, and procedures to identify possible gaps. At the conclusion of the assessment, you will receive a thorough report including guidance on industry best practices to improve privacy, security and trust of the research program. 

This service is a thorough, in-depth review of how your organization implemented the research requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  Ultimately, the goal of this assessment is to help you prioritize privacy program efforts in your research activities to effectively reduce risks and address compliance requirements. 

Upon completion of the assessment, we provide a comprehensive report of findings and present it to key stakeholders in an educational workshop.

Key Benefits


Reduce Risk

Assessing your organization’s compliance efforts may reduce enforcement actions and verifies that you’re engaging in best practices. 


Identify Gaps 

Our assessment methodology is designed to identify gaps in policies, procedures, practices, or processes and provide recommendations so you can remediate the gaps. 


Subject Matter Expertise 

Our consultants have explicit experience in privacy research compliance requirements including research activities at the often complex environments of universities, academic medical centers (AMCs), and hospital systems. 

Having a partner that is actively monitoring our systems, trends, local and global threats not only saves the Virtua IT Security team time, but provides us with the ability to proactively look at potential threats to plan accordingly. The partnership with CynergisTek has allowed us to focus on compliance, developing risk programs, policy and procedures leading to a culture focused on making us more secure.

Tom Gordon

CIO, Virtua

Security has become a necessary and critical strategic pillar for our organization, and it is too broad and complex for a provider organization to keep up with on their own. Having a partner like CynergisTek with depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise is a crucial asset for our organization. I can’t imagine navigating these issues without them.

John Mangona

Vice President, Chief Information & Compliance Officer, Saratoga Hospital

CynergisTek’s social engineering and phishing service was an excellent training tool for our organization. A third-party assessment of how our policies and procedures would stack up against a real threat was eye-opening and provided us with valuable information we can leverage to continue to enhance our security posture.

Joe Egan
Director of Information Security, Valley Children’s Hospital


The goal of the Privacy Research Assessment is to identify compliance gaps and provide recommendations, guidance, and best practices to remediate gaps. You’ll also gain insight into how your organization is handling health information in research activities. 

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