Blease C, Walker J, DesRoches C, et al., New U.S. Law Mandates Access to Clinical Notes: Implications for Patients and Clinicians, Annals of Internal Medicine. October 13, 2020.
On 2 November 2020, new federal rules will implement the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act that, in part, “. . . promotes patient access to their electronic health information, supports provider needs, advances innovation, and addresses industry-wide information blocking practices” (1). The rules forbid health care organizations, information technology vendors, and others from restricting patients’ access to their electronic health care data, or “information blocking” (Table). Although the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act gave patients the legal right to review their medical records, the new ruling goes further by giving them the right to access their electronic health records rapidly and conveniently . . .
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