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US patient privacy law comes into effect

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 26 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:900
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Patients will have the right to view and in certain cases restrict the sharing of their personal health information under new safeguards for medical records that took effect in the United States last week.

    The rules require providers to give patients a notice detailing how their information will be used. Patients will have rights to view and copy their records and request corrections to errors. Most “non-routine” disclosures, such as giving information about an employee to an employer, will be forbidden without the patient's permission.

    The rules are designed to cut insurers' and employers' costs by electronically processing billing, claims, and …

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