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New products from the HealthInfoLaw team and the most significant developments in health information law and policy.

New Products: The Blue Button Initiative

The Blue Button Initiative was created within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a way to improve veterans’ access to their medical records. Blue Button allows consumers to request information from health care providers, health insurance companies, laboratories, and drugstores. Although Blue Button’s popularity is growing, it... Read More >

New Perspective from the Field Interview with Bianca Frogner, PhD

Health Information & the Law interviewed Bianca Frogner, PhD, an Associate Professor and Health Economist with the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, for our Perspectives from the Field Interview Series. Frogner speaks of her tenure as a Health Economist using data to better understand health consumers' experience at multiple levels of care. With her experience... Read More >

New Perspective from the Field Interview with ONC's Chief Privacy Officer, Lucia Savage

Health Information & the Law interviewed Lucia Savage, JD, Chief Privacy Officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), as the newest installation to the Perspectives from the Field Interview Series. Savage discusses her role and unique experience in health IT- both as a caregiver for her elderly mother, and also through her professional role with... Read More >

New Map: Medical Record Retention Required of Health Care Providers

A new map titled Medical Record Retention Required of Health Care Providers: 50 State Comparison has been published. This comparative map shows the requirements for the retention of medical records in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia as required by individual state law. Categories include time specific requirements and also requirements based on the type of provider or... Read More >

New Perspective from the Field Interview with Dr. Bruce Siegel

Health Information & the Law interviews Dr. Bruce Siegel, the President and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals located in Washington, DC, as part of our newest installation to the Perspectives from the Field Interview Series. Dr. Siegel, who was recently named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare, discusses the benefits of health information... 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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