The 21st Century Cures Act: Its Impact on Health Information Privacy and Security Protections

April 18, 2017

Spring 2017, Vol. 22, No.1

By: Linda A. Malek and Jason E. Johnson

New York State Bar Association Health Law Journal

Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act (“Act”) in December 2016. The Act seeks to modernize and personalize health care while encouraging greater innovation by providing support for clinical research and treatment in several needed areas: “In the 21st century, health care innovation is happening at lightning speed. From the mapping of the human genome to the rise of personalized medicines that are linked to advances in molecular medicine, we have seen constant breakthroughs that are changing the face of disease treatment, management, and cures. Health research is moving quickly, but the federal drug and device approval apparatus is in many ways the relic of another era. We have dedicated scientists and bold leaders at agencies like the NIH and the FDA, but when our laws don’t keep pace with innovation, we all lose."

 

Printed with permission from: Health Law Journal, Spring 2017, Vol. 22, No. 1, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207

 

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