Melanie Carpenter is Special Counsel for ChartSquad, a patient Personal Health Record (PHR) for patients nationwide. Melanie started her career with a focus on corporate litigation and contract law, then shifted to civil litigation where she spent over 10 years representing patients in injury cases. One of the obvious and primary obstacles she identified in civil litigation was the pain of delays, costs, and the struggle to obtain medical records. As a result, Melanie shifted her focus and dedicated her time to specializing in HIPAA, Patient Right of Access, and Release of Information in the healthcare industry. ChartSquad is the result of a fortunate unity between Melanie and Chris, who has 20 years of experience in the Release of Information industry. With the combined knowledge of civil litigation and Release of Information, the two have successfully developed and grown a secure online platform to educate medical providers, protect patient rights, and empower patients to compel compliance with their civil right of access to their federally protected health information.