Report Exmaines Patient Access to EHRs
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.November 30, 2011
InformationWeek reports on a review in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association that looks at whether patients should have access to their electronic health records (EHRs). Among the barriers to granting such access are costs; the fragmentation of data among health organizations; lack of understanding about privacy concerns, and disagreement over who controls the data--the provider or the patient, the report states. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, patients can access their own records, but they are generally printed even if they originated in electronic form, the report states.