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New Perspectives from the Field: Robert Berenson, MD, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute; Former Vice-Chair of MedPAC

Health Information & the Law interviews Dr. Robert Berenson, Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute and former Vice-Chair of MedPAC as part of our Perspectives from the Field interview series.  Dr. Berenson shares his thoughts on new efforts and reforms to improve health care delivery and payment systems.  Dr. Berenson also discusses various barriers to moving toward a population-... Read More >

Fast Facts on Reportable Disease Forms and Privacy Now Available

All 50 states plus the District of Columbia have statutes and regulations requiring physicians and laboratories (and typically a variety of other health care providers and institutions) to report cases of certain diseases and conditions to the state and/or local health department. Reports of disease are often made after someone with a reportable illness or health condition seeks treatment... Read More >

New Perspectives from the Field: Pat Montoya, Project Director of New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality, HealthInsight New Mexico

Health Information & the Law interviews Patricia Montoya, Project Director New Mexico Coalition of Healthcare Quality, HealthInsight New Mexico as part of our new interview series, Perspectives from the Field.  Ms. Montoya shares her thoughts on the challenges and opportunities presented by efforts to share health information to support state level implementation of healthcare... Read More >

Health Information & the Law Announces a New Expert Interview Series: Perspectives from the Field

Health Information & the Law announces a new interview series, Perspectives from the Field, which will allow users to hear directly from experts in the fields of medicine, health policy, and law on issues related to the use and exchange of health information. These candid interviews reveal some of the challenges and opportunities leaders in the field have encountered ... Read More >

New Health Affairs Blog Post Written by Health Information & the Law Team Members: Ebola And EHRs: An Unfortunate And Critical Reminder

The recent incident at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas involving the discharge and later Ebola diagnosis and death of Thomas Eric Duncan has led to a number of theories as to what went wrong.  Initial reports concluded that the hospital's electronic health record (EHR) system was to blame.  However this Health Affairs blog post points out that one of the... Read More >

Why health information law?

Health information law exists at the intersection of many crucial and interrelated fields: law, health care, consumer protection, information technology, public health, insurance. Each small change can trigger a daunting set of issues and challenges. offers keys to understanding the laws that govern health information and the implications they can have across health care and beyond.

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About The Project

A project of the George Washington University’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, Health Information and the Law (, developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,  is designed to serve as a practical online resource to federal and state laws governing access, use, release, and publication of health information. Constantly updated, the site addresses the current legal and regulatory framework of health information law and changes in the legal and policy landscape impacting health information law and its implementation with commentary and key documents.

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