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My responsibilities at a small company are mostly programming-related, but I also perform a number of other roles that definitely require access to PHI. In larger organizations with clearer delineation of responsibilities, is it prudent to provide programmers with only dummy data and never actual PHI?

Edit: PHI is Protected Health Information, as outlined by the US legislation that governs patient privacy, HIPAA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protected_health_information

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I'm from Germany and do not know about PHI. Can you give a short characterization of the kind of data you are speaking about? –  bernd_k Oct 14 '11 at 18:13
    
Sure...will update. –  John Straka Oct 14 '11 at 18:18

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