Boise State Public Radio has reported that the Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on August 12, 2022. IHDE is a not-for-profit organization that was launched in 2009 to provide access to patient records for 194 different participating treatment providers.

According to the report, IHDE “operates a massive database of Idaho patient medical records.” IHDE is defending itself in litigation from creditors and the filing is designed to allow it to operate while it works through the litigation and pays its creditors. There is no mention in the report about what could happen to the database if IHDE goes out of business. However, IHDE has said that the records belong to the patients and providers. If IHDE goes out of business, determining what to do with the database would be a monumental task.

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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team, and chair’s the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Team. Linn focuses her practice on…

Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team, and chair’s the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Team. Linn focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations. She counsels a range of public and private clients from industries such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine and charitable organizations, on state and federal data privacy and security investigations, as well as emergency data breach response and mitigation. Linn is an Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity at Brown University and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law.  Prior to joining the firm, Linn served as assistant attorney general and deputy chief of the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Rhode Island. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law and her B.A., with honors, in American Studies from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Read her full rc.com bio here.