Video 3 – Your Health Information, Your Rights

Video 3 – Your Health Information, Your Rights


– [Voiceover] You need to
know and understand your right to access your health
information and medical records. This short educational video
includes key information to help you better understand
your rights regarding your health information
and your right to provide access to others of your choosing
including family members, caregivers, or a mobile
device application, often called an app. – [Voiceover] Your right to
access or see and get a copy of your health information is
regulated by a law known as the health insurance
portability and accountability act of 1996 or HIPAA for short. HIPAA is designed to work for you. – [Voiceover] During an
annual check up visit to his primary care doctor, Martin
asks Doctor Allen about a heart health application
for his smartphone that he recently read about. While Doctor Allen is not
familiar with that specific heart health app, she is supportive
of Martin’s proactive interest in managing his health. Martin has the right to
request his health information be sent to any one of his
choosing, including family members, caregivers,
and electronic devices which includes mobile device applications or apps such as the heart
health app he just described. You may be required to
fill out a form to request your health information. However, your doctor cannot
require you to make a separate trip to the office to make your request. Your doctor must provide
you with other ways to make your request, such as by
email, fax, or online. Martin asks Doctor Allen to
transfer his health information regarding his heart condition
to the heart health app. She tells Martin that she
will check with her technology staff to see if she is able to do that. After Martin’s check up Dr.
Allen’s staff confirms with the technology department that
Dr. Allen is able to transfer Martin’s information to the
app without creating security risks to their information systems. Dr. Allen’s staff tells Martin
that they will transfer his information to the app but
once the app receives the information, they are no
longer responsible for what happens to those records
or for their security. Martin thanks Dr. Allen and
her staff for their time and promises to follow up
at his next visit regarding his use of the heart health app.

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