Report addresses challenges in and possibilities for legally and ethically sharing patient-client information between partner organizations within the framework of existing privacy laws.
By Jane Hyatt Thorpe, JD, Lara Cartwright-Smith, JD, MPH, Elizabeth Gray, JD, and Marie Mongeon, MPH (CAND.)
In order to effectively facilitate patient access to the legal services that can ultimately improve health, it is critical that healthcare practitioners and legal service providers be able to share information. Medical-legal partnerships are designed to encourage and enable this communication, but the information privacy legal framework may still present obstacles, both real and perceived, to effective information sharing. This brief discusses numerous opportunities to share information within the boundaries of that legal framework, and describes different consent models that are possible.