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Professor Terry Offers Commentary in Wall Street Journal Article

12/05/2012

Professor Nicolas P. Terry was quoted in an article about heart gadgets and privacy law that appeared in the Wall Street Journal November 28, 2012.

The article outlines the concerns patients with implanted medical devices have with gaining access to the information their devices are gathering. Some companies consider their customers only to be physicians and hospitals, rather than patients.

Patients also have concerns that their medical information could be given to third parties. Professor Terry’s comment in the article surrounds this kind of scenario. He says that privacy laws typically would prevent third-parties not involved in health care from having access to medical information. It’s a different set of circumstances with a non-prescribed device. “You get a very different scenario if you take your iPhone and buy the sleep-monitoring app,” Professor Terry is quoted in the article as saying. “There is no real law that protects that data.”

Professor Terry is the Hall Render Professor of Law and co-director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health. He teaches torts, products liability, health information technology, law and science, and health care quality.


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