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New Products: Application Programming Interfaces

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) are sets of rules and protocols that govern the interactions between two software applications. They can be used to improve interoperability between electronic health record (EHR) systems. The proposed rules from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) both propose... Read More >

Health Information Issue Brief Series, authored by the Health Information and the Law Team

The Health Information & the Law team authored a series of four issue briefs for the American Hospital Association highlighting data from the 2016 AHA Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement. Each brief focuses on an aspect of the application of heath information technology in hospitals. The first brief, "Expanding Electronic Patient Engagement," addresses the state of patient's... Read More >

ONC and CMS Release Proposed Interoperability Rules

On February, 11, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued proposed rules to “support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information.”   The ONC proposed rule implements the information blocking provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act,... Read More >

Health Information and the Law Team presents in Temple University’s Exploring Policy Surveillance webinar series

On January 15, 2019, the Health Information and the Law (HIL) team presented “Policy Surveillance: Focus on State Law.” The presentation outlined our research methodology, which uses keywords to create a taxonomy used to gather and organize information found on HIL. This was a part of the “Policy Surveillance Methods and Standards” presentation, and was week one of Temple... Read More >

Health Information and the Law Team Presents NIH Grand Rounds Webinar on the Legal and Ethical Architecture for PCOR Data

On April 6, 2018, the Health Information and the Law team presented their "Legal and Ethical Architecture for PCOR Data," which can be viewed by clicking here. The presenters stressed that while the patient centered outcomes research (PCOR) framework is not intended to replace conversations with individual counsel, it will serve as a guidance to researchers seeking to share patient centered... Read More >

ONC publishes Legal and Ethical Architecture for PCOR Data, authored by Health Information & the Law team

HealthInfoLaw team members Jane Hyatt Thorpe, Lara Cartwright-Smith, Elizabeth Gray, and Marie Mongeon authored the Legal and Ethical Architecture for patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) Data, published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The full brief is available through the Health Information & the Law website here and through ONC'... Read More >

National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership releases Information Sharing Issue Brief, authored by Health Information & the Law project staff

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at the George Washington University commissioned a report on Information Sharing in MLPs. The report, titled Information Sharing in Medical-Legal Partnerships: Foundational Concepts and Resources, was authored by Health Information and the Law Project team members Jane Hyatt Thorpe, JD; Lara Cartwright-Smith, JD, MPH; Elizabeth Gray, JD, MHA; and... Read More >

Health Information and the Law project directors Lara Cartwright-Smith, Elizabeth Gray, and Jane Hyatt Thorpe published Health Information Ownership: Legal Theories and Policy Implications

Health Information and the Law project directors Lara Cartwright-Smith, Elizabeth Gray, and Jane Hyatt Thorpe published Health Information Ownership: Legal Theories and Policy Implications in the Winter 2016 issue of The Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law (Vanderbilt University School of Law). The article explores the characteristics of health information... Read More >

Health Information and the Law project directors publish article: Show Us the Data: The Critical Role Health Information Plays in Health System Transformation

Health Information and the Law project directors Jane Hyatt Thorpe, Elizabeth Gray, and Lara Cartwright-Smith published Show Us the Data: The Critical Role Health Information Plays in Health System Transformation in the Winter 2016 issue of the The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. The article expresses the necessity for a legal framework that supports... Read More >

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 >