Office for Civil Rights issues patient right-to-access memo

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has created and is disseminating a memo to patients to remind them that they have the legal right to obtain copies of their electronic and paper medical records in accordance with HIPAA. The memo was issued in an effort to reduce patient barriers to obtaining this information, and to encourage them to become more engaged in their healthcare. The one-page memo is designed so that patients can download it and take it to their providers, Government Health IT reports. Article