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Who Can Access My Medical Records - UPDATE 1 week 3 days ago #24380

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Here's the response I got from privacyrights.org:

I cannot confirm what this commenter said as I am unable to find any mention of a way to “lock down” your medical records.

Under HIPAA, covered entities must make a reasonable effort to limit their use or disclosure of protected health information to the “minimum necessary to accomplish the intended purpose.” However, it is up to the entity, and not the patient, to determine what that may be. Furthermore, a covered entity may (but doesn't have to) get patient consent when it uses or discloses PHI for treatment, payment, and health care operations. When it comes to obtaining consent, covered entities have a lot of discretion, and even if the covered entity chooses to obtain consent it may be very informal.

We go over patient rights under HIPAA and how covered entities can use and
disclose your medical information in our to consumer guides. I will link them here for your reference. www.privacyrights.org/consumer-guides/hi...rule-patients-rights


To see your question click here: www.privacyrights.org/issue/97812

— Privacy Rights Clearinghouse www.privacyrights.org
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Who Can Access My Medical Records - UPDATE 1 week 1 day ago #24445

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Medical records in Canada belong to the clinic/doc/or hospital (this would be the entity) NOT the patient.

While the information is about you, the actual record does not belong to you. HOWEVER permission must be sought to share the records with anyone else. Usually when you start with a new "entity" they have you sign a paper that it is OK to share your information for the purpose of treatment etc.

Health care professionals are required under standards of practice and ethical codes to keep patient information private.

Under our privacy laws ANY organization that collects information about you is required to keep that private AND you have the right to request to see ANY information that any organization may have about you.
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