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New Maps: Disclosure of Mental Health Records

Two new comparative maps, Disclosure of Mental Health Records Pursuant to a Court Order, and Disclosure of Mental Health Records with Patient Consent, have been posted. Disclosure of Mental Health Records Pursuant to a Court Order, which can be found here, compares instances where state law indicates that records may be released pursuant to a court order,... Read More >

"10 Times HIPAA May Not Apply" Article Written by Health Information & the Law Team Members

Even with the upcoming 20th anniversary of the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), it remains important to expose discrepancies between the ways in which HIPAA is invoked in contrast to its purpose. In some cases where HIPAA is misapplied, patients’ access to information is stifled and may result in undue harm. "10 Times HIPAA May Not Apply" explores... Read More >

New Products on Health Information Ownership, Including Updated 50 State Map

Legal ownership of health information is a complex issue, distinct from rights to access or copy information.  New forms of medical records, such as EHRs and PHRs, and new tools that collect health information, such as personal health trackers and medical monitoring devices, further complicate the landscape. We have drafted a Fast Facts and a Myth Buster to help clarify the issue of health... Read More >

Bruce Siegel named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

Health Information & the Law standing committee member Bruce Siegel, MD, MSPH, the President and CEO for America's Essential Hospitals in Washington, DC was just named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare. This is his fifth year on the list, and he shares that space with individuals including President Obama, US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts and... Read More >

New Perspectives from the Field: Mehret Mandefro, MD, MSPH, Chief Medical Officer for Amida Technology Solutions

Health Information & the Law interviews Dr. Mehret Mandefro, Chief Medical Officer for Amida Technology Solutions as part of our newest installation to the Perspectives from the Field Interview Series. Dr. Mandefro explains the history behind the Blue Button Initiative and how it has grown to where it is today while also sharing her beliefs on the culture surrounding health information and... 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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