Healthcare DIVE August 15, 2019
Shannon Muchmore

Dive Brief:

  • More than half of providers sampled in a recent study failed to comply with the HIPAA right of access, according to research published Wednesday on medRxiv, a free online archive for unpublished health-related manuscripts. The study has not been peer-reviewed.
  • The most common problem was providers not sending health records via email when patients requested them. About a quarter were also potentially noncompliant with the health privacy law’s fee limitations.
  • The average wait for responses ranged from one to 26 days, with eight days being the average. More than 70% of requests would not have been fulfilled pursuant to HIPAA without some form of intervention, such as educating staff members on the law or calling supervisors.