Appropriate Use Agreement for Internet Databases

Blue Dots Texas Department of State Health Services

The purpose of the interactive Texas Center for Health Statistics databases is to support the information needs of the Texas Department of State Health Services and other users such as health officials, educators, and students in improving service delivery, evaluating health care systems, and monitoring the health of the people of Texas. These databases may be used only for the purpose for which they are provided and may not be used in any way that would violate the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Any effort to determine the identity of any reported cases, or to use the information for any purpose other than for statistical reporting and analysis, is prohibited. Therefore, as a condition for my access to data provided by the Texas Center for Health Statistics over the Internet, I agree to:

  • Use these data for statistical reporting and analysis only.
  • Make no attempt to learn the identity of any individual included in these data.
  • Make no disclosure or other use of the identity of any person discovered inadvertently, and advise the Texas Center for Health Statistics administrator of any such discovery.

I understand that failure to adhere to the above agreement will result in loss of access to the Center for Health Statistics Internet databases, and I may be subject to legal penalties. If I am a Texas state government employee, this may be grounds for immediate dismissal.