AAAS Receives New Grant to Explore Legal Challenges in Mobile Health

The AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program has been awarded an 18-month grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to explore the legal challenges arising from the use of mobile communications in health care (mHealth).

Mobile devices offer the opportunity for patients and other consumers to manage their own health and wellness, for health care professionals to monitor patients, and for physiological functions to be altered via wireless communications. However, as health care moves towards electronic health records and digital encounters between doctors and patients, questions arise regarding safety, reliability, privacy, security and responsibility.

To address some of these questions AAAS will convene three two-day workshops, each focusing on a single topic - privacy/security, regulation/safety, and liability/responsibility.