The George Washington University Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program has launched a new Web site to aid in understanding federal and state laws governing access, use, release and publication of health information.

The site,, enables cross-state comparisons of statutes and comparing of state and federal law on specific health information issues. It addresses emerging legal issues as more information becomes electronic, and will cover legal aspects of health insurance exchanges as they become available.

“Health information law exists at the intersection of many crucial and related fields: law, health, public health, market competition, information technology and health insurance,” says Sara Rosenbaum, a professor of health law and policy at the university. “A modest change in any of these fields can trigger a daunting set of issues and challenges.”

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supported development of the site.

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