Friday, January 15, 2010

CNN: Give us our data

While there are no statistics on how many patients have trouble accessing their own records, there have been "repeated" complaints to the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a senior health information privacy specialist at the department's Office for Civil Rights, which enforces the federal law that gives patients access to their records.

"It's crazy ridiculous when you can't walk out of a doctor's office or hospital with a copy of your medical records if you ask for them," says Deven McGraw, director of the health privacy project at the Center for Democracy and Technology.

"Lack of information kills people," she says. "Having your medical records can save your life."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have a hard time believing that people absolutely CANNOT get their records...the real truth is probably that they just couldn't get them immediately. Having worked in a doctor's office, some charts are HUGE & may contain more than one volume- that takes time to copy & prepare.
It is common courtesy to give the offices & hospitals some notice and time to get everything copied (24-48 hours notice). In a TRUE emergency, most places can have them done right away.