SMPH Honest Broker
In Fall 2017, Thomas Callaci became the first SMPH Honest Broker. An honest broker is an independent party who ensures that researchers receive protected health information (PHI) in a way that minimizes the overall risk to all parties.
An honest broker confirms compliance with Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidance, university policy, US federal regulations, HIPAA rules, as well as contractual, local, and international regulations. He will also introduce new technologies to protect privacy, including methods to de-identify and re-identify data.
The overarching goal of the Honest Broker office is to reduce challenges associated with research that relies on PHI, while also reducing risks associated with using health related data.
Callaci works in a collaborative team with staff in the UW HS-IRBs Office, the UW-Madison HIPAA Privacy Officer, the UW-Madison HIPAA Security Officer, various UW Health colleagues, and numerous privacy and security entities on campus.
He works daily with the ICTR BMI Clinical Research Data Service to coordinate oversight of investigator requests for patient data, reduce data risk, and deliver data to appropriately secure locations.