Empowering Patients: Know Your Rights

Calendar Icon April 2, 2019
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By Ciitizen

At Ciitizen, we’re here to make sure you know your HIPAA rights regarding your health information.

If you’ve ever tried to get a copy of your health records, you’ve probably hit a lot of roadblocks. Myths about HIPAA and your right to get your health information are rampant.

Here are the facts:

  • You have the right to all the health information generated as part of a visit to the doctor or a stay in the hospital.
  • For example, you have the right to copies of your lab tests. You have the right to the results and underlying data from your genome sequence. You have a right to your x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs, too.
  • You have the right to it within 30 days (in most circumstances), in the format you want it (so long as the entity can produce it that way). If you want that information digitally, you have the right to have it digitally.
  • You have the right to a copy of all your health information for no more than the reasonable cost of making that copy. For copies delivered electronically, the allowable costs may be zero.
  • You have the right to have that information emailed to you if that’s most convenient. The institution at hand may have some security concerns, but if they provide you with a light warning of that risk and you agree to it, it’s your right to have it emailed.
  • If you do have concerns about using your secure email, then you have the right to get that information in a secure way.
  • Every bit of medical information that is generated about you is your right. It’s also your right to request a correction to it. Information that is incomplete may also be wrong, so you have the right to request additional information be added if you think there’s something missing.
  • You have the right to have any institution send your health data to any third party that you want. If you want that info sent to another physician, that is your right. If you want it sent to your spouse, that’s your right. You have the right to decide.

Your complete health information is yours by right. At Ciitizen, we want to help you get the most out of it. When you can easily collect, organize, and securely share your health data, you have more options as a patient.

For additional detail on your rights, you may also visit: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/guidance-materials-for-consumers/index.html

-Deven McGraw

Originally published at https://blog.ciitizen.com on April 2, 2019.

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