Intersection of Health Law and Technology   [Archived Catalog]
2017-2018 School of Law Bulletin

LAWS 794 - Intersection of Health Law and Technology

Credits: 2

Innovations in technology are continually reshaping the field of medicine - and the law, in turn, plays a significant role in shaping and enabling those innovations. Sometimes the role of the law is to fund or otherwise incentivize these technologies; other times, it is to regulate or even prohibit them. In each instance, the law plays an important role in shaping the future of medicine. This course will examine the many ways that the law intervenes in the development and implementation of medical technologies, with a particular focus on federal law. It will include an examination of how federal law regulates and interacts with medical technologies such as: health information technology, telemedicine, and the development of new drugs. Looking at these and other issues, we will examine the conflicting social goals and values that often emerge when a new medical technology becomes possible - and we will examine the ways, both successful and unsuccessful, that the law has attempted to manage these tensions.

Basis of Grade: Class participation, final paper. As part of the class participation grade, students will be expected to briefly introduce and initiate class discussion on one topic during the semester.

Form of Grade: Letter