Forum Session

Protecting the Confidentiality of Health Information
September 18, 1998

Manager

Nora Super

Summary

As many policymakers called for federal legislation to protect the confidentiality of health information yet found consensus on how best to craft legislation elusive, this Forum session focused on three of the most contentious issues: controlling access to health information, conducting research, and preempting state laws. Speakers discussed the ways information is used, the safeguards that do or do not exist to protect privacy, and the likely impact of proposed legislation on research and evaluation of health services.

Speakers

Don Detmer, MD, University Professor of Health Policy, University of Virginia and Chair, National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics; Jerry Avorn, MD, Chief, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women's Hospital; A.G. Breitenstein, Director, JRI Health Law Institute; Deborah Hammond, MD, Vice President, Medical Management Systems Support, Prudential HealthCare; Chris Koyanagi, Director of Legislative Policy, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law; Harriet Pearson, Director of Public Affairs, IBM Corporation; Joy Johnson Wilson, Director, Health Committee, National Conference on State Legislatures

Related Materials

More information available in the accompanying publication, Issue Brief No. 724.

See also "Protecting the Confidentiality of Health Information" (Background Paper, July 1998).

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