The GUID Tool is a customized software application that generates a Global Unique Identifier for each study participant. The GUID is a subject ID that allows researchers to share data specific to a study participant without exposing personally identifiable information (PII). The GUID is made up of random alpha-numeric characters and is NOT generated from PII/PHI. As such, it has been approved by the NIH Office of General Counsel. GUID Generation complies with HIPPA regulations for the protection of PII/PHI. For more information regarding GUID and HIPAA click here.
In order to submit data to FITBIR, the system expects all prospective studies to include a GUID in the data submission. For retrospective studies, the FITBIR team understands that the participant data needed to generate a GUID may not be available. To account for this, FITBIR provides the capability to generate pseudo-GUIDs. However, submitting data with pseudo-GUIDs silos the associated research data from the other data associated with valid GUIDs.
The process for generating a GUID is listed below:
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The GUID process has two important attributes:
In order to generate a GUID for a subject, the following PII is required:
In order to generate a GUID for a subject, the following PII is optional: