INFORMATION IS EMPOWERING.
Exercising your right to access your health information gives you the power to make the most informed decisions about your care.
#1 Understand the law.
The Health Insurance Portability and Affordability Act, known as HIPAA is a set of rules designed for health plans, providers and health care clearinghouses to protect you by controlling who can look at and receive your health information. HIPAA does not control or prohibit YOU from accessing and using your own legal health record.
HIPAA gives you the legal right to:
- Ask to see and get copy of your health information
- Ask your provider or health plan to send a copy of your records to anyone you choose
- Ask to change any incorrect information in your file or add information if you think something is incomplete
- See who your information has been shared with
#2 Learn about your rights
There are many resources on the web to learn more about your rights. The Get My Health Data HIPAA fact sheet provides helpful information along with many easy to follow resources from the Office of Civil Rights.
There are many resources provided by government organizations, such as the Department of Human Services and the Office of Civil Rights to help citizens not only understand why but how to access their health information. Also check out the The Get My Health Data HIPAA fact sheet