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New products from the HealthInfoLaw team and the most significant developments in health information law and policy.

New Products: Interoperability Issue Brief Series

About this Issue Brief Series: As the American healthcare system shifts to reward value rather than volume, improving quality and lowering costs are high priorities among healthcare stakeholders. Increased access to data across settings has the potential to greatly improve the quality of health care delivery and care coordination. However, using and exchanging health information across the care... Read More >

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 >

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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