Who Accessed My Health Records? Recommendation for Quality over Quantity in Access Reports

By Kathie McDonald-McClure, Ann F. Triebsch and Margaret Young Levi

Group of Healthcare Professionals
Accounting for Disclosures Would Include Disclosures of PHI to All Staff

The Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Health IT Policy Committee voted in December 2013 to recommend that the United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) scale back its 2011 proposed rules requiring covered entities to provide patients with reports showing the name of every staff member who accessed their information in an electronic health record (EHR). As reported by Government Health IT, the committee’s Privacy and Security Tiger Team opposes a requirement that entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) give such broad “accounting of disclosure” reports to patients. Continue reading