New Interactive Portal for Patient Confidentiality Laws

On October 1, the Public Health Management Corporation, a nonprofit public health institute in Philadelphia, released new data on lawatlas.org that provides information on state-by-state laws and regulations on the use, release, and reporting of personal health information for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and tuberculosis. On this website, local health departments can find the Public Health Departments and State Patient Confidentiality Laws Map to navigate existing laws protecting patient confidentiality. The new data provides critical information that state and local health departments need to begin to evaluate what state laws facilitate or create barriers for coordination of prevention efforts and care.

This website was produced to help fulfill a goal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. The Center’s Program Collaboration and Service Integration (PCSI) looks for opportunities to organize and blend interrelated health issues, activities, and prevention strategies to facilitate comprehensive delivery of services. Visit the PCSI website to find out more about this important initiative.

About Frances Bevington

Frances Bevington is the Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist for Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO. Her work includes emergency and risk communications planning, strategic messaging, and multichannel marketing for the adoption of best practices in public health preparedness. Twitter: @Wilkington

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