AHIMA Releases Bill of Rights for Health Data Privacy Protections

The American Health Information Management Association has unveiled a new Health Information Bill of Rights designed to promote privacy protections for personal health information, Modern Healthcare reports (Carlson, Modern Healthcare, 10/5).

AHIMA's seven-point platform advocates patients' right to:

  • Access health information during treatment;
  • Access personal health information at no cost;
  • Expect adequate health data privacy and security protections in all geographic regions;
  • Expect health care providers to be held accountable for data security breaches;
  • Expect health information to be as accurate and complete as possible;
  • Know who accesses, adds and updates personal health data; and
  • Seek legal action if a health data security breach causes harm.

In November, AHIMA plans to offer health care providers a certification declaring that the organization agrees to uphold the bill of rights. AHIMA also plans to release a wall poster for physician practices to hang in waiting areas (Goedert, Health Data Management, 10/5).

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