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Law-Medicine’s Sharona Hoffman discussed health data privacy as it relates to abortion

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Nevada Current: Sharona Hoffman, the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law and co-director of the Law-Medicine Center, discussed new legal concerns about the long-sensitive subject of health data privacy in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn 50 years of precedent in abortion law in the Dobbs v. Mississippi case. “Information can be disclosed, despite HIPAA, making them more vulnerable to providing services that up until now they’ve been willing to provide. The Dobbs decision puts healthcare providers in a terrible place where they have to consider the welfare of the patient against their own,” she said.