Jennifer M. Forde

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We have all heard about the burgeoning opportunities tied to the development of precision medicine (also called “personalized medicine”), which includes the use of an individual’s genetic information to design targeted treatments. In fact, these opportunities are now receiving increased visibility due to President Obama’s recent push for a “Precision Medicine Initiative.” Privacy issues are of critical importance with respect to his administration’s Precision Medicine Initiative, as President Obama emphasized in his public remarks on January 30,…
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued guidance on when it may be permissible under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for health care providers to share information related to a patient’s mental health, HIPAA Privacy Rule and Sharing Information Related to Mental Health. Of note, the new guidance clarified instances where a health care provider may communicate with a patient’s family members or friends regarding a patient’s mental…