GWU Website Clarifies Health Information Laws

Health Information and the LawLast Wednesday, researchers at George Washington University’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program launched a new Web site to clarify health information laws at the federal and state levels.  The site, Health Information and the Law, was developed with financial support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will serve as an online guide for healthcare providers, organizations, and patients.

The project aims to explain federal and state laws governing access, use, release, and publication of health information, offering lists and comparative analyses of laws and regulations related to health information exchange, Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the HITECH Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and more.  The resource is designed to make laws which can be “opaque to a lot of people and difficult to navigate,” as well as their implications for healthcare, consumer rights, and population health, easier to understand.

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