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Public Health Information and Data Sharing: The Legal Framework

posted on Mon, Aug 1 2016 12:06 pm by The Network

Thursday, August 18 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET. View/download the slides.

Health information can be a powerful tool for advancing public health goals by highlighting the existence of problems and opportunities for improvement. Data sharing – or health information exchange – also plays a critical role in guiding action for policy changes and improving the effectiveness of public health programs. Technological advances and changes in the law have increased linkages between data repositories and therefore expanded the potential uses and value of data for public health practice and research. But increased data sharing also brings increased concerns about ensuring the integrity, privacy, and security of health information.

This webinar, co-sponsored by CDC’s Public Health Law program and the Network for Public Health Law, will discuss the state-level legal frameworks for the use of and access to data for public health purposes; highlight real and perceived barriers to data sharing; explore how the HIPAA Privacy Rule, FERPA and VA privacy laws that impact data collection and sharing; and examine the legal barriers to the exchange of patient health information among treatment providers.


  • Tara Ramanathan, J.D., M.P.H., Public Health Analyst, Public Health Law Program - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Denise Chrysler, J.D., Director - Mid-States Regional Office, Network for Public Health Law
  • Tara Adams Ragone, J.D., Assistant Professor - Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy, Seton Hall University School of Law


  • Matthew Penn, Director, Public Health Law Program, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Some attendees may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states; ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.