5 Ways to ‘Own’ Your Health Records

Have you had a credit card information stolen?  Have you had your tax refund stolen?  How about your ‘identity?’   These nefarious attacks inflict real pain on the victims.  


Health information exists in many forms today.  Patient medical records, insurance claims, social security cards and other data sources contain  lock picks for cyber criminals to use.  HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Affordability Act of 1996 was one of the earliest attempts to protect health information.  

Patients know HIPAA as a form to sign each year they first encounter a doctor’s office, hospital and other healthcare providers (called covered entities).  HIPAA Privacy Rule has been interpreted, over the years, as a reason not to share important information with patients/consumers and their caregiver.  The Affordable Care Act and other important legislation is changing who ‘owns’ your data.  Here are five strategies for accessing your health data:

1) Ask for a HIPAA form and a request to share your health record with listed individuals.  Be sure to include your emergency  contact, primary caregiver and power of attorney in the list.

2) Sign up for Blue Button https://www.healthit.gov/patients-families/blue-button/about-blue-button

3) Use the Patient Portals provided by your health providers.  

4) Create a https://www.reunioncare.com account and invite your health care providers to join in your Circle of Care.

5) Use the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) program during hospital stays.  

REUNIONCare is a user friendly technology to create, view and share  health information your personally selected Circle of Care.  We are changing the way we care for each other.  Join us today.