Data Sharing and Privacy
The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing is a participant in the DataSF Initiative. Our vision is to achieve efficient, effective, consistent, secure and appropriate data sharing across City and County of San Francisco agencies and offices, as well as with key partners such as the San Francisco Unified School District. We seek to share confidential data, while appropriately protecting it, to coordinate care and services, and to facilitate program planning and evaluation and research with impacts on practice and policymaking.
As part of this effort, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing will become part of the San Francisco covered entity as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 2018. As we prepare for this transition, we will be adhering to the privacy policies established by the Department of Public Health.