What rights are granted to patients under HIPAA?

Expert centerCategory: HIPAAWhat rights are granted to patients under HIPAA?
Arun K R Staff asked 4 months ago
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Stephy T L Staff answered 4 months ago

Patients have the right to analyze and obtain a copy of their PHI in a selected record set, which includes data about them in your health and billing records. Generally, a covered entity must allow or deny the request for access within 30 days of receipt of the request. If the health information is kept in electronic format and the patient requests to obtain it in a specific electronic format, a covered entity must provide it in the electronic format requested by the patient if it is promptly producible. If the format is not available, the covered entity must render the health information in an electronic format agreed to by the patient and covered entity. Under the Medical EHR Incentive Programs requirements, additional rights apply as well. For example, as your practice gains the capability to demonstrate Stage 2 Medical EHR Incentive Programs, you will be required to respond to any requests from your patients to transmit an electronic copy of PHI directly to persons or entities they designate. An individual may request that you transmit PHI in your records to his or her Personal Health Record (PHR) or to another physician. Your EHR developers, as your BAs, must cooperate in this obligation.

Source: https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/privacy/privacy-and-security-guide.pdf