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Data protection and Agreement.

Data protection

The Institute of Primary Care of the University of Zurich attaches great importance to compliance with the relevant applicable data protection provisions, in particular in the Federal Data Protection Act (DPA), the Cantonal Information and Data Protection Act (IDA) and the Federal Human Research Act (HRA) as well as their associated ordinances at federal and cantonal level.


The Institute of Primary Care undertakes all necessary information security efforts to protect the data through appropriate organizational and technical measures. In particular, it provides a secure database server at the University of Zurich (based on ISO 27001 certification), to which the data from the electronic health record of the FIRE participants are automatically exported and uploaded. Further processing of the FIRE data takes place on servers at the University Hospital of Zurich (also based on ISO 27001 certification) as well as on a server at the Institute of Primary Care (within the University Hospital Zurich network) specifically designated for this project. The Institute of Primary Care also ensures that access to the FIRE data is only possible for researchers, staff and medical personnel involved in the FIRE project. It informs the FIRE participants immediately about special incidents (e.g. data loss, hacker attack, unauthorized access).


The FIRE project has been reviewed by the Cantonal Ethics Committee of the Canton of Zurich (BASEC No. Req-2017-00797) and by the Data Protection Law Department of the University of Zurich. Due to the automatic anonymization of the data during extraction («hashing» of the patient ID, a mathematical procedure to encrypt the patient ID), it is not possible to draw conclusions about the patients. The data are thus irreversibly anonymized. Consequently, in application of the HFG, the patients' consent to the export of the data sets is not required.


FIRE agreement

By signing the FIRE agreement, you entrust the Institute of Primary Care of the University of Zurich with the scientific analysis of the data. The data itself remains your property even after export to the FIRE database server and will not be passed on to third parties. The FIRE agreement will be sent to you upon registration. Therewith you become a member of the «FIRE-Study-Group». Termination of participation is possible at any time and without giving reasons.

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