Friday, January 29, 2010

Patient Rights to Electronic Record - February 17, 2010

With the one year anniversary of HITECH fast approaching (February 17),  certain requirements will take effect.  One right given to consumers is the right to receive their Electronic Health Record in electronic form.  I believe this creates some concerns for healthcare organizations.  What form will the electronic access be?  It will also be very interesting if the patient information is breached AFTER the electronic release.  As with paper records, I believe that the electronic access records should be marked to indicate that it was released to the patient (background water mark, etc.).  Providing the information in a secure fashion is also probable a good idea (password, encryption, etc.). What is absolutely certain, is that organization must provide the information and should evaluate their process.

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