The new interoperability act recommends providers give patients information about their rights and risks in terms of providing access to their Electronic Health Information (EHI). Below is an outline to help you get started.
The Federal government has released new rules around patient access to data within their electronic health record (EHR interoperability, information blocking, Cures Act). The goal is to put patients in charge of their health records, with the development of more convenient options for on-demand access whenever or wherever they need it. In time, there will be more ability for patients to choose apps that will access, assemble, and possibly read their healthcare records.
Currently, access to records is managed by an organization's release of information (ROI) team or an ROI vendor. In recent years, EHR patient portals have become an additional source of data, but the information is limited and, in some cases, incomplete. The new rule should most likely escalate portal access (electronic access), allowing patients to view and download their records with a link and passcode.
The eight exceptions are as follows:
Associated Risks for Patients – Important Information Your Patients Need to Know
While the ONC Final Rules provide sweeping enhancements to patient access, it also raises significant concerns about patient privacy and security. Although HIPAA rules remain, there are a few things your patients should consider:
Share with patients as they begin to become aware of the new rules.
To view the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, visit https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Interoperability/index.
To view the ONC 21st Century Cures Act final rule, visit, https://healthit.gov/curesrule