Patients Have the Right to Easy Access of Health Information
While patients have had access to medical records for many years, the process for providing these records has often been complex and time-consuming. The Cures Act
puts certain rules in place to require hospitals and medical clinics to provide requested information easily and in a timely manner. Records access must also be affordable if a fee is charged.
Patients Have the Right to Security and Privacy When It Comes to Their Records
While easy access is definitely important for patient autonomy, privacy must still be protected. While the Cures Act promotes the free flow of information to authorized individuals, including patients and medical staff, sensitive data must still be safeguarded from unauthorized parties. This requires providers to balance practices to remain compliant with both the Cures Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Patients Have the Right to Compare Prices from Different Providers for Services
While cost shouldn’t be the deciding factor when it comes to medical care, it can be a very real concern for many people. Expensive treatments and therapies may fall outside of the budget for many families, even those with healthcare coverage. Accordingly, patients must be able to compare costs from different providers to choose the selection that best meets their needs. Use of a healthcare app can be beneficial as patients can easily access cost information from the convenience of their own homes.
When it comes to accessing your personal medical records, DrOwl
provides a secure and user-friendly experience. The DrOwl
app stores a patient’s records in one convenient location. We provide information in language you can understand, curated by trusted physicians. We also take the proper security measures to prevent unauthorized access to medical information.