Communication Law Section

This section is a resource for lawyers interested in legal issues faced by users, providers and regulators of print, telecommunications and broadcast and web-based services, facilities and equipment. Learn more, contact Christy Gibson at cgibson@tnbar.org

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Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis...
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Nashville, TN 37219
(615)850-8859
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Aaron & Sanders PLLC
605 Berry Road, Suite A
Nashville, TN 37204
(615)577-0991
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Tennessee Bar Association
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Nashville, TN 37219
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Nashville News Station Asks Supreme Court to Review Open Records Case

Attorneys for Nashville TV station NewsChannel5 have asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to take up the station’s appeal in a case that threatens to close some public records. The station had appealed a ruling by Davidson County Chancellor Anne C. Martin, who sided with arguments by state attorneys that records, such as travel expenditures, cease to be public once law enforcement officials develop a potential interest in them. Station lawyers argued in their motion that the state's highest court needs to "assume jurisdiction over this appeal and decide this important issue of public concern on an expedited basis."
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Amazon Announces Newly Developed Medical Record Mining Software

Amazon on Tuesday announced that it has launched a project to mine data from electronic medical records, allowing developers to “process unstructured medical text and identify information such as patient diagnosis, treatments, dosages, symptoms and signs, and more," CNBC reports. This is the latest move regarding Amazon’s foray into health care, after news in June that the company had been working on the ‘Hera’ project, developing software intended for insurance companies that can fill in gaps in data when doctors neglect to fully document an office visit. The company also confirmed another project in cooperation with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to use newly developed tools to analyze its data sets in efforts to prevent or cure cancer.

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