NY Clarifies Minor Patient Data Access, Maintains Security

New York recently changed a patient data access policy, with providers now able to securely access data through Western New York’s clinical information exchange (HEALTHeLINK) for patients who are ages 10 to 17.

The minor’s parent or guardian must sign an affirmative HEALTHeLINK consent form on behalf of the minor patient. The changed policy now allows access to patient data through a qualified entity such as HEALTHeLINK.

HEALTHeLINK Executive Director Dan Porreca explained to HealthITSecurity.com that there are eight regional health information organizations (RHIOs) in New York, and that HEALTHeLINK is part of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

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(Source: HealthIT Security)