about IT-driven legal issues and compliance
It is becoming increasingly clear that as a university,
that in addition to our pursuit of excellence in learning, research
and patient care, we are also becoming compliance driven. So much
so that I believe we can no longer enjoy the position that someone else
is taking care of this. A couple of years ago, I wrote an
editorial discussing the
need to bring together the financial and patient care aspects of a
patient's hospital record, in order to better address compliance within
the health-care setting. Mostly the paper's point has been ignored, but
the principles upon which it was derived are fact. Here, I have brought
together some links to help me, and others locate
resources dealing with a number of compliance-driven issues.
Federal Law, Regulations and Court Decisions
Copyright-related Supreme Court Decisions
Peer-2-Peer provider liability
Copyright Related Links
Trade Secrets and the Public Domain
Publishing the algorithm for playing DVDs has been an interesting case to follow.
The motion picture industry limited distribution of the encyption techology to
the manufacturers of DVD players and somewhere in the mix - the Linux community
was without a tool to play a DVD they had purchased. The decision below
is interesting in that it clearly articulates the nature of a Trade Secret
and information that becomes available in the public domain. Both the
positive aspect of Internet communication (makes access to information avaiable
to just about everyone) and the negative aspect (tough to keep a secret) are
articulated. A good read.
Here are the PDF files for the recently released (28 Dec 2000) Standards
for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information
Social Security Administrations Regulations
Searching the Social Security Administration Sites:
Here are the August 2000 Federal Registry notes for Health Insurance Reform -
Standards for Electronic Transactions; Announcement of
Designated Standard Maintenance Organizations.
Here are the HIPAA regulations in nice 50 page bite-size chunks
Here are the final (Feb 22, 2003) regulations for parts of HIPAA
Here is the February 2000 Rederal Registry notes for the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act
Here are the Fed Register reports of regulations related to IRBs, Human
Subject studies, Electronic Records, GLP etc.
Here are the FDA regulations about e-signatures and a tutorial
Here is a link to the Amer. Bar. Assoc tutorial on electronic
Misc FDA Regulations
Here is the Section 508 stuff dealing with web page accessibility -
priimarily as it relates to the Disabilities Act
- Add an < alt="describe the image"> tag
Section 508 enabling
disabled folks to harvest information from your web site.