INFORMATION IS EMPOWERING
YOU Have the right to access your health information and make the most informed decisions about your care.
Getting your health information can be frustrating —but many organizations are working to make this better. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has prepared a useful report that explores the experience of three typical consumers as they try to access to their health information.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
The Health Insurance Portability and Affordability Act, known as HIPAA is a set of rules designed to protect you by regulating who can see and receive your health information. These regulations apply to health plans, healthcare providers, clearinghouses and others known as ‘covered entities’ but YOU are not restricted from accessing and using your own legal health record.
HIPAA gives you a legal right to:
- Receive a copy of your health information
- Ask your provider or health plan to send a copy of your records to anyone you choose
- Ask to correct any misinformation in your file or add information if you think something is incomplete
- See who your information has been shared with
To learn more, check out the Get My Health Data HIPAA fact sheet or resources from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).