Will providers deny patient requests to email medical records?

Tom Sullivan writes:

As a self-described “rabble rouser” Brian Ahier plans to ask his doctor to send a medical record to a free e-mail account, if only to see what happens, after the omnibus HIPAA Final Rule on Privacy and Security kicks in.

“It’s obviously not the biggest thing in the omnibus rule but it’s there, relatively unknown,” Ahier, founder of Advanced Health Information Exchange Resources (AHIER) said. “And that makes it incredibly interesting.”

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I’ve always cautioned patients about the risks of e-mail but have always sent to whatever e-mail address they provide, so for me, this will be nothing new or different.

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