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Important HIPAA Update: New Penalties - Clinics get $85,000 Fines for NOT Releasing Data to Patients      January 8, 2020

This is great news for patients. They are YOUR records! You should get them without hassle or issue.

Readers and Tweeters Chime in on Investigation of Electronic Health Records Letters to the Editor      April 3, 2019

“Empowered by the digital revolution, the U.S. government claimed that turning American medical charts into electronic records would make health care better, safer and cheaper. Ten years and $36 billion later, the system is an unholy mess. KHN partnered with Fortune magazine to investigate this botched operation.”

White House Wants User-Friendly Electronic Health Records

Richardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press      March 6, 2018

The government-wide MyHealthEData initiative will be overseen by the White House Office of American Innovation, which is headed by Kushner. His stewardship of a broad portfolio of domestic and foreign policy duties has recently been called into question due to his inability to obtain a permanent security clearance.

The third-leading cause of death in US most doctors don't want you to know about

Ray Sipherd, CNBC      February 23, 2019

“Too often,” he said, “the health-care system silences people around a problem.” Why? Many doctors are reluctant to speculate, but some admit the answers range from simple ego to losing a patient to another doctor they trust more.

Beyond electronic medical records: Healthcare's second wave of digitisation

Nicole Hill, Global HealthCare      February 21, 2018

Healthcare is going through its own digital transformation. New technology, such as wearables, telemedicine and IoT connectivity is making its way into hospitals, clinics and care homes. It is aimed at optimising care pathways to reduce average hospital stays and improve patient welfare.

Reshaping access to data is required for patients to be truly engaged

Mike Miliard, Editor | Healthcare IT News      February 5, 2018

As patients are entrusted with more responsibility for their own care, limited access to their own data is “the most obvious obstacle to engagement in my view,” said Campos.

Preventable Deaths in American Hospitals

Tait Shanafelt, MD | Christine A. Sinsky, MD, FACP | Stephen Swensen, MD, MMM, FACR Mayo Clinic American Medical Association      January 23, 2017

Hospital medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. That’s 700 people per day, notes Steve Swensen. “And most of those have a second victim: the nurses, doctors, social workers, managers, pharmacists involved in their care.”

Study Suggests Medical Errors Now Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Michael Daniel, Co-author | Johns Hopkins      May 3, 2016

Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure, published May 3 in The BMJ, surpasses the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) third leading cause of death — respiratory disease, which kills close to 150,000 people per year.

Medical Errors Are Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Steve Sternberg, Assistant Managing Editor | Health Initiatives      May 3, 2019

“People don’t just die from heart attacks and bacteria, they die from system-wide failings and poorly coordinated care,” says the study’s lead author, Dr. Martin Makary, a professor of surgery and health policy at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “It’s medical care gone awry.”

Medical Errors Are No. 3 Cause Of U.S Deaths, Researchers Say

Marshall Allen & Olga Pierce, NPR      May 3, 2019

“If you ask the public about patient safety most people don’t really know about it,” she said. “If you ask them the top causes of death, most people wouldn’t say ‘preventable harm.’ “

Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule permit health care providers to use e-mail to discuss health issues and treatment with their patients?

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)      December 15, 2008

YES. The Privacy Rule allows covered health care providers to communicate electronically, such as through e-mail, with their patients, provided they apply reasonable safeguards when doing so. See 45 C.F.R. § 164.530(c).

Patients Stuck with Bills
for Medical Errors

JoNel Aleccia, Health writer | MSNBC      February 29, 2008

"Since last fall, hospitals in 11 states have agreed to waive fees for certain rare errors dubbed “never events” because safety experts say they should never happen at all. Does your state charge for medical errors?"