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Understanding the Individual Right of Access:


Implementing HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) can be challenging, especially in a digital ecosystem. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) publishes and continually updates guidance to help people understand individuals’ rights under HIPAA to access their health information, including electronically. This guidance is important for health care providers and administrators, privacy officials, health information management (HIM) professionals and consumers themselves, but can be hard to use.

To help make your job easier, GetMyHealthData has reorganized the guidance so you can find, understand and use what you need more efficiently and effectively. We preserved OCR’s exact language, kept relevant topics connected and linked to the original guidance and regulations. And the best part? We’ve created short quizzes for each section to help you test your knowledge along the way.

You play a critical role in helping people get the most out of their health data, and we hope these resources support you in encouraging patients and their families to use and share their electronic health information as you work together to reach their health and health care goals.

With the increasing use of and continued advances in health information technology, individuals have ever expanding and innovative opportunities to access their health information electronically, more quickly and easily, in real time and on demand. Putting individuals “in the driver’s seat” with respect to their health also is a key component of health reform and the movement to a more patient-centered health care system.

- Introduction, Individuals’ Right under HIPAA to Access their Health Information


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