One thing common to many people with mental health conditions is that they can be helped by a strong support network of friends and family. But keeping those folks in the loop can be hard. And if doctors are involved, things can be complicated by a strict federal privacy law known as HIPAA.
To address these issues, Dartmouth psychiatry professor Dr. Bill Hudenko has created software, including a phone app, that allows patients to create online networks of friends, relatives and doctors – and share information among them. It also simplifies the process of legally authorizing that information to be shared with different people.
Listen to that conversation from Vermont Edition above.