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New Products Available on Vaccine Registries

There is a growing understanding of the important role that vaccination registries – or immunization information systems (IIS) – can provid in monitoring immunization rates and ensuring that individuals have all recommended vaccinations. The United States does not have a national IIS; instead, most states in the U.S. operate their own IIS, and each state maintains its own set of laws... Read More >

New Products on HIPAA and School Immunization Records

Most states require certain childhood immunizations before the start of each school year, and state “no entry” laws enforce this mandate by preventing the child from attending school unless the school has proof that the child has been appropriately immunized. Each state has different immunization requirements as recommended by state public health officials and codified in law by state... Read More >

Three Recently Published Articles on Big Data and Healthcare Written by Health Information & the Law Team Members

"Big data" is frequently discussed in terms improving health care delivery and payment. Despite its potential, there are a number of perceived legal barriers to its application. In light of the misconceptions about the legal framework that governs big data and in the interest of its potential to transform health care, members of the Health Information & the Law Team recently published... Read More >

Summary and Analysis of ONC's Interoperability Roadmap Now Available

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a report in January 2015 outlining a ten-year roadmap for acheiving its goal of shared nationwide interoperability for health IT. The roadmap supports a learning healthcare system and envisions healthcare stakeholders having access to interoperable helath IT services and products that contribute to this system by 2024... Read More >

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 >

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 >