Albany Law School and New York State Bar Association to Launch E-Health Internship Program

5/15/2014 | Facebook | Twitter | Email

Albany Law School and the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Health Law Section's Telehealth and Telemedicine Workgroup are launching an E-Health Internship Program to help accelerate the adoption of technology by health care providers and agencies.

Starting this summer, three Albany Law School students will research state and federal laws and regulations related to telehealth and telemedicine, as well as relevant malpractice cases and the privacy and security implications of using new technology. The student’s work will culminate in a white paper and a conference to be held during the fall semester.

"The health care industry has been slow to embrace many of the technologies that can offer cost savings and quality improvements to patient care," said Alicia Ouellette, Albany Law School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Intellectual Life. "This hesitance is in large part due to a legal and regulatory framework that makes it difficult to shift away from incumbent systems. We hope to help change the status quo."


The first three Albany Law School students to participate in the E-Health Internship Program will be: Courtney Alpert '15, Rebecca Cerny '16 and Brent Frary '16.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for us not only to learn a great deal about health care law and technology, but also to make a significant impact on how doctors and other health care providers can treat their patients," said Alpert, a Newton, Mass., native who will begin her third and final year at Albany Law in the fall.

The NYSBA Health Law Section’s Telehealth and Telemedicine Workgroup (a part of the work plan of the section’s E-Health & Information Systems Committee) intends to continue offering the internship program, selecting new areas for the students to work on as the e-health landscape evolves.