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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 >

Health Information & the Law Welcomes HIT Week 2014 with New Products on Interoperability, the JASON Report, and Patient Data

Health Information Technology Week celebrates in 9th year in 2014 (September 15 - 19). This week is intended to focus national attention on the importance and value of enhancing health care through the best use of information technology. Health Information & the Law works year-round to increase awareness of these issues and in celebration of HIT Week has released new products centering on... Read More >

New Products on Patient-Generated Health Data

Health-related data that is created or gathered by the patient is known as “patient-generated health data” (PGHD).  Patients are increasingly collecting and sharing PGHD with their providers, health plans, and patient support networks, through various e-health tools, such as mobile apps, personal health record (PHR) systems, and online patient-powered research networks (e.g.,... Read More >

New Products on Antitrust and Health Care

The recent push toward information transparency in the health care arena may be deemed as anti-competitive and in violation of federal antitrust laws.  The current health care environment encourages health information exchange, which in some cases includes the exchange of pricing information.  Pricing information may be exchanged for quality purposes as well as to design and implement... Read More >

RWJF Offers Recommendations in Response to Wyden-Grassley Letter Requesting Comment on Ways to Enhance the Availability and Utility of Health Care- Related Data

On June 12, 2014, Senators Wyden and Grassley issued a letter requesting comments on ways to enhance the availability and usability of health care data, while also maintaining and protecting patient privacy.  They key areas that stakeholders were requested to provide input on were: 1.  What data sources should be made more broadly available? 2.  How, in what form, and for what... 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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