While healthcare providers and HIM professionals work diligently to comply with HIPAA and respond fully when patients request copies of their medical records, patients are still experiencing barriers to accessing their records, a new study finds.
Military veterans with certain My HealtheVet accounts now have access to an EHR function that has eluded users of traditional civilian EHRs: the ability to view, download, and print radiology studies.
This summer has demonstrated hope for consumers and HIM professionals who have long been frustrated by the confusion that can ensue when a patient requests access to their health information.
The frustrations consumers face in obtaining copies of their own medical records is not lost on federal health IT officials, as shown in ONC’s new report: “Improving the Health Records Request Process.”
The free model Patient Request for Health Information Form is intended to help providers streamline patient health information request processes and ensure they are compliant with the Office for Civil Rights’ guidance on an individual’s right of access under HIPAA.