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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 >

New Products on 42 C.F.R. Part 2, Governing the Use and Disclosure of Substance Abuse Records, Including a Sneak Peak of Our New Interview Series

42 CFR Part 2 (commonly referred to as "Part 2") are the federal regulations governing the confidentiality of drug and alcohol abuse treatment and prevention records. The regulations set forth requirements applicable to certain federally assisted substance abuse treatment programs limiting the use and disclosure of substance abuse patient records and identifying information.  There has been... Read More >

Health Information & the Law Welcomes HIT Week 2014 with New Products on Interoperability, the JASON Report, and Patient Data

Health Information Technology Week celebrates in 9th year in 2014 (September 15 - 19). This week is intended to focus national attention on the importance and value of enhancing health care through the best use of information technology. Health Information & the Law works year-round to increase awareness of these issues and in celebration of HIT Week has released new products centering on... Read More >

New Products on Patient-Generated Health Data

Health-related data that is created or gathered by the patient is known as “patient-generated health data” (PGHD).  Patients are increasingly collecting and sharing PGHD with their providers, health plans, and patient support networks, through various e-health tools, such as mobile apps, personal health record (PHR) systems, and online patient-powered research networks (e.g.,... 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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