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New Perspectives from the Field Interview: 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 >

New Perspectives from the Field: Guy Collier, JD, MPH, Partner at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP in Washington, DC

Health Information & the Law interviews Guy Collier, JD, MPH, partner at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP in Washington, DC as part of our Perspectives from the Field interview series. Guy shares what he sees as the most promising efforts to reform the health care delivery system, and even discusses some barriers (and solutions!) to advance delivery system reform.    Click here ... Read More >

Health Information & the Law Under Construction!

The Health Information & the Law website is currently being revamped to improve the way our users access the site. Some content on the state and topics pages may be temporarily inaccessible or appear out of order - please bear with us as we work to bring you a new and enhanced experience! Our federal, analysis, and resource pages and content will remain unaffacted and usable during this... Read More >

New Perspectives from the Field: Kavita Patel, MD, MS, Fellow and Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and Delivery, Center for Health Policy, The Brookings Institution

Health Information & the Law interviews Dr. Kavita Patel, Fellow and Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and Delivery, Center for Health Policy, The Brookings Institution as part of our Perspectives from the Field interview series.  Dr. Patel shares her thoughts on the most promising efforts and reforms to improve health care delivery and payment systems.  Dr. Patel also... Read More >

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 >