Health Records: How Private Is Private?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule ensures that you hold the rights to your own health information, whether paper or electronic. According to HealthIT.gov, you have the right to:
- Access your health information (paper or electronic)
- Know when your provider has shared your health information
- Correct or amend your health information
- Be notified about privacy practices
- File a complaint with your provider if you believe your information was shared in a way that’s not allowed under the law. If you’re not satisfied with the response, file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.