To meet these privacy and security concerns, the Chicago-based American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is promoting a new Health Information Bill of Rights.
A recent Modern Healthcare report discusses the Health Information Bill of Rights and its seven-point platform that addresses the proliferation of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and encourages strict data protection from healthcare providers. In addition, AHIMA outlines five other points in its Health Information Bill of Rights:
- Health records should be accurate and protected by a national data security standard.
- Patients should have free access to their records, even during treatment, and knowledge of who has accessed their record.
- The Health Information Bill of Rights should be posted in hospitals and also carried by physicians using EHR as wallet-sized cards.
- Increased transparency should be implemented in the distribution and accessibility of digital patient data between patients and clinicians.
- Medical imaging technology providers should be held accountable for violating privacy and security laws and give patients the private right of action to bring lawsuits if a security breach of their health information causes harm.
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