The Law-Medicine Center
The Law-Medicine Center

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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Spring symposium focused on non-clinical uses of electronic health information

On April 5, 2013, the Law-Medicine Center held its annual spring symposium entitled, “Balancing Privacy, Autonomy, and Scientific Progress: Patients’ Rights and the Use of Electronic Medical Records for Non-Treatment Purposes.” The symposium was organized by Professor Sharona Hoffman who has written extensively on the subject. Experts from across the country discussed the potential benefits of using electronic medical records (EMRs) for non-clinical purposes, such as research, public health, and quality improvement. Speakers also analyzed various challenges to EMR use, including concerns about patient privacy, poor data quality in EMRs due to input errors and poor record-keeping, and data analysis difficulties. The conference was particularly timely and relevant in light of emerging initiatives to conduct large-scale record-based studies that evaluate and compare medical treatment outcomes.

Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine, the Law School’s prominent, academic health law journal, will publish the articles generated by the symposium in Volume 24, due out in the spring of 2014.

Watch a webcast of the full-day event.
The Center sponsors frequent lunch-time lectures.