has established a Health Information Bill of Rights as a model for protecting patient health information.
The Bill is comprised of seven protections that were made necessary by the many patient data breaches that have occurred recently, says AHIMA. The protections focus on guaranteeing healthcare consumers free access to health data during the course of treatment and creating a standard for health information that is “accurate and as complete as possible.”
Other protections revolve around the patient’s right to know who accesses and updates their health data, and the need for healthcare professionals to be held accountable for any violations of privacy and security laws.
For more information, visit AHIMA’s Web site.