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Health Care Counsel Publishes MedCity News Column on Patient Access to Electronic Health Records

Practices: Health Care, Digital Health, Health Information Technology & Electronic Health Records, Health Privacy & Security

Ropes & Gray health care counsel Ira Parghi (San Francisco) authored a MedCitizens column on patient access to electronic health records that was published in MedCity News on Aug. 30.

The article examines how the medical record request and release process is challenging for health care patients and providers, and discusses a recent report on the subject by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. The ONC notes the inefficiencies of paper-based and manual health records methods, and recommends a “streamlined, transparent and electronic records request process.” Ms. Parghi expands upon this guidance in the article.