Monday, June 4, 2012

New Resource Offers Up-to-Date Information on Health Information Law

"Those in the fields of law, health care, consumer protection, information technology, public health, and insurance now have a single destination for up-to-date information on health information law and changes in the legal and policy landscapes that affect its implementation.

Researchers at Legal Barriers, a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, have developed—a website designed to serve as a practical, online resource regarding laws governing access, use, release, and publication of health information.

The site addresses the legal issues that arise as health information moves fully into an electronic phase, as well as how the revolution in how health information is created, collected, and exchanged affects classic legal issues such as privacy, confidentiality, and liability for the quality and safety of health care. is an especially useful resource for those involved in regional quality improvement collaboratives, as it enables users to see and understand the ways in which state law intersects with federal requirements and programs."

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