Katrina that allow health care providers to better share patient information as necessary to provide treatment in an emergency. Health care providers can also share patient information as necessary to identify, locate, and notify family members, guardians, or anyone else responsible for an individual’s care. Could these guidelines serve as a more general model for how to relax privacy restrictions during emergencies? Could new HIPAA guidelines regarding de-identified health data provide a helpful starting point?

• Copyright issues, especially with respect to photographs, may create an additional challenge to the use of social media, although copyright protects expression rather than the underlying data or idea. If photographs were used simply to identify patterns, this use of data would not create a copyright problem.



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