Fundamentals of Law for Health Informatics and Information Management

Fundamentals of Law for Health Informatics and Information Management
3rd Ed.
2017 © AHIMA Press
Laurie A. Rinehart-Thompson, JD, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA; Melanie S. Brodnik, PhD, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA; Rebecca B. Reynolds, EdD, MHA, RHIA, FAHIMA
ISBN-13: 978-1-58426-530-6
Healthcare Informatics, Allied Health, Basic Sciences, Ethics


Health law is a complex and rapidly-changing topic, and students studying health information management (HIM) or health informatics require the most current information to be prepared to achieve legal compliance in a professional context. This third edition of Fundamentals of Law for Health Informatics and Information Management contains new chapters on ethics and patient rights and responsibilities. It also includes updates to topics contained in earlier editions, including expanded HIPAA privacy and security chapters and new content on patient safety and legal proceedings.

This book is ideal for courses specific to health informatics and information management education, but can also be used as a key resource for health professionals, providers, and organizations, all of whom must comply with laws for protecting the privacy, confidentiality, and security of patient information. The logical structure of the text walks the reader through the United States legal system, from basic legal proceedings to evidence, consent to treatment, corporate law, and ethical issues, and includes an emphasis on the importance of health information privacy and security requirements.

Key Features

  • • New chapters on law and ethics and patient rights and responsibilities
  • • Expanded coverage on the HIPAA Security Rule
  • • Reorganized chapters on legal proceedings, corporate compliance, and risk management
  • • Updated and streamlined content on legal proceedings, including e-discovery and tort law, and patient safety
  • • More robust student and instructor ancillaries include activities mapped to the applicable Bloom’s Taxonomy Level
  • • New content-based scenarios with questions in each chapter, and ethical scenarios with questions included in each chapter’s instructor materials, along with answer keys
  • • Curriculum maps for the 2014 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) HIM Professional Competencies as referenced within the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) Accreditation Standards for Health Information Management programs

Doody's Reviews

Score: 82/100
3/5 Stars
Read Review
Go to Doody's Review page

Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"Overall, this is a necessarily recurring update on the complex topic of laws surrounding health information management in the United States. Given the clear nature of the chapters, along with a glossary, this is a useful reference for students entering this field. For established professionals, it may provide a refresh on selected topics, although access to real-time updates on the status of any pending regulations would be a helpful addition."

-- David Liebovitz, MD (University of Chicago Medicine)Doody's Review


It is intended for students in fields related to health information management. Nice examples, potential workflow diagrams, and cases are used to highlight important concepts. This book meets the needs of the intended audience, with the caveat that access to updated resources as laws related to health information management evolve would be a useful addition. The authors are credible experts based on their work on prior editions and professional roles in directly related fields.

Table of Contents

Similar Resources