Medical records have in recent times made a transition from paper trails to digital files. What does this mean for both patients and medical institutions? Plenty. And the top concern is privacy.
Some decades ago, patients were able to visit a medical office without worry that their medical records could be hacked or exposed to the general public at large. With the surge of transferring bulky paper files into easily accessible patient records that can be accessed from virtually anywhere on the globe, how do we protect ourselves?
Patients may well be aware of HIPAA, otherwise known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that is standardized throughout all legal medical practices in the USA. The patient has the right to allow or deny third-party institutions like insurance companies from gaining access to such records.
Medical Records Entail:
Treatment or consultation from qualified medical professionals including dentists, family doctors, mental health treatment, prescriptions, blood test results and more.
Who Can Access Medical Records?
If permitted by patients, some or all of the following institutions may be allowed access for diverse purposes:
- Government Agencies
- Insurance Agencies
- Data Aggregators
- Other Physicians
John R. Grasso is a digital lawyer that combines traditional law practices with new and emerging trends to update and defend:
- Patients who have had their medical privacy violated by employees or medical institutions.
- Institutions who have been compromised by hacking, phishing or leaks in patient privacy.
One of the most noteworthy examples of a breach would be a physician heading to a meeting, who then charters a cab, but accidentally leaves their smartphone behind. How does the doctor clear their name, or prevent breaches in the first place? Turn to John R. Grasso for the best advice on medical digital laws in the United States.
What about medical records after one’s death? Ask our attorney.
- Identity Theft
- Protecting Digital Assets
- Privacy Rights Clearing House: Medical Records Privacy Fact Sheet
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Your Medical Records