AHIMA Member Update: Patient Access to Health Information
Dear AHIMA members:
This week, you may have seen a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) report on hospital compliance with medical record requests that states there are many barriers to patient access. This study validates what we know from our work and advocacy on this issue: the health record request process is often cumbersome and complicated for patients.
We wanted to remind you about the work AHIMA members have been doing to advocate for the patient’s access to health information and tell you about a new tool to help address this problem:
• Members of AHIMA’s Practice Councils have worked with a collaborative including 4XHealth, former US Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, the CARIN Alliance, and Swellbox technology developers to gather patient input and create a prototype technical solution to streamline the process for patient health record requests. The prototype, named Wizard, was unveiled at former Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Summit last month and is available at no cost. You can preview Wizard at https://www.healthrecordwizard.com/.
• AHIMA is hosting a webinar about the Wizard on November 2, 2018 for our members to learn more about this tool and how you can bring it to your organization. We hope you’ll join us and invite your CIO or other IT professionals, too. Register here or, after November 2, listen to a recording of the webinar on demand here.
• AHIMA helped pave the way for Wizard with its Model Patient Request for Information form, which we created and shared with the healthcare community in 2017. This free form is intended to standardize the way providers collect information from patients and make health record requests easier. Find the form here.
• AHIMA was also one of several leading organizations that promoted and sponsored the GetMyHealthData project in 2015 to gain insights on the patient experience in requesting their medical records and to identify possible solutions. Learn about the work of GetMyHealthData here.
As the gatekeepers of health information, you are the patient advocates and have the unique knowledge and ability to lead the healthcare community on this issue. AHIMA will continue to support patients’ access to their health information, and we look forward to future collaboration with you, our members, and the healthcare community.
Thank you for your support,
Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PHD, CAE