Personal health records and the law

The October edition of the Health Lawyers News, a publication of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), contains an article I co-authored with Jud DeLoss, a principal in the law firm of Gray Plant Mooty, who blogs at Minnesota Health IT. On the eve of the Health 2.0 Conference this week the article provides a look at some of the legal issues around PHRs.

The article, The Rise of the Personal Health Record: Panacea or Pitfall for Health Information (pdf version),
provides an introductory background on the changing world of PHRs,
highlights Health 2.0 and covers some of the legal implications and
compliance issues for PHRs. We are working on a longer and more
detailed analysis that will be turned into a Member Briefing for the Health Information and Technology Practice Group.
I would appreciate your posting a comment on topics or legal
implications that we might consider covering in the full Member

If you are a health lawyer, law student interested in
health law or otherwise interested in the the legal aspects of the
health care industry and not already a member of AHLA
— think about joining.

Bob Coffield is a health care lawyer practicing in Charleston, West Virginia in the law firm of Flaherty, Sensabaugh & Bonasso, PLLC who blogs on health care legal issues at Health Care Law Blog.

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