This cartoon is about the HIPAA right to access medical records. Obtaining access to one’s medical records is currently like a scavenger hunt. Patients have to call and call again, wait seemingly forever to get records, and receive them via ancient means like mail and fax. There have been several articles (here, here, and here) about healthcare providers clinging desperately to their antiquated fax machines. According to a study in 2019, 90% of healthcare providers still use faxes.
Many healthcare providers cite to HIPAA as a reason to deny patient’s requests to be emailed their records. But ironically, HIPAA says the opposite – providers must email patients their records if patients request them via email.
We’re well into the 21st Century now, and access to our health data should be much easier. HIPAA should do more than provide a right to access. It should encourage access and improve the ease of access.
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This post was authored by Professor Daniel J. Solove, who through TeachPrivacy develops computer-based HIPAA training. He has more than 1 million LinkedIn followers.
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