Professor Terry Talks about "Medically Infected Data" in WSJ Article


Professor Nicolas P. TerryIndiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Professor Nicolas P. Terry is quoted in an article titled “Data Mining to Recruit Sick People” that was published December 16 in the Wall Street Journal.

Shoppers who use their credit cards for purchases or those who perform Internet searches unwittingly leave behind clues to their health needs, which are available for data companies to sift through for marketing purposes. The Health Insurance Portable and Accountability Act, HIPAA, doesn’t pertain to such data outside of medical records.

Calling such information “medically infected data,” Terry also said “Big Data essentially can operate in a HIPAA-free zone.”

Terry is the Hall Render Professor of Law and co-director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health. Professor Terry’s research interests lie primarily at the intersection of medicine, law and information technology. He is a permanent blogger at the HealthLawProf Blog and at Harvard Law School’s Bill of Health.

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