Health Law (HL)


  • Health Symposium Planning Meeting

    A subcommittee of the Health Law Section is forming to plan next year's health law symposium. Our inaugural meeting is November 3 from 9 to noon at the MBA. Room 202.

    Please come and bring ideas. MORE


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  • Come join the Health Law Section for a lunchtime panel discussion on October 20 from 12-1:30 to hear about the latest developments in privacy and security affecting all health care practitioners. The program will include information every health law... MORE

  • There has been a spate of articles about health care organizations partnering with on-demand transportation services to improve access to appointments for office visits and procedures, reducing no-shows and cancellations, improving patients’ health... MORE

  • We are awash in digital health data. And we are awash in multiple regulatory schemas designed to protect privacy, security and appropriate access to all this data. Some data is “traditional” health care data governed by the familiar patchwork... MORE

  • OCR issued guidance on ransomware this week (link goes to blog post; here’s a direct link to the ransomware guidance ), after a widely-reported spate of ransomware attacks hit the healthcare industry (and as a likely large proportion of healthcare... MORE

  • Join me and my guests for a Privacy & Security “Blab” Friday May 13 at 2 pm ET (details below) ... or catch the replay at your convenience ... Data privacy and security issues remain top of mind across the... MORE

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Donald Whitmore (left), chair
Kathryn Sylvia Rattigan (right), vice chair

Click here for 2016-17 Health Law Section Council member information.



Deborah Wheaton Hemdal, Esq. has a solo law practice in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.  Her work focuses mainly on family law and special education issues. She works primarily with families with disabled children, both minors and adults. Hemdal is an adjunct instructor in the Rabb School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Brandeis University. She is also an adjunct instructor with the legal studies program at Newbury College.
Hemdal’s volunteer activities reflect her commitment to the disabled and rights for all. She serves as chair of the Human Rights Committee for the Horace Mann Educational Association, and she also volunteers the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury and serves as a town meeting member in Shrewsbury. Hemdal co-authored an article for the Health Law Section in the January/February edition of the Massachusetts Lawyers Journal entitled “Software Companies versus Doctors: Who Owns Electronic Health Records?” She recently presented at seminars on “Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights” and “Disciplining Students with Behavioral Issues” for the National Business Institute Inc. She also presented a webinar for the Rabb School at Brandeis University on “Who Has Access to Your Medical Records.”
Hemdal holds a BA degree (Government) from Cornell University; an MA (Political Science) from Binghamton University, and a JD from Western New England University. She is licensed in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.



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