During a review over the e-Health record scheme, experts and consumers have stated that the scheme is completely confusing and doesn't even provide surety about the privacy of the patients. About $1 billion was invested in the scheme by the government but it seems like the money will soon go to waste.
It has further come to light that a large number of patients in the US are unaware about their right of viewing their health records. From time to time, steps are being taken to improve the accessibility of the health records. However, efforts are also required to be put towards bringing awareness among the patients.
As per the HIPAA's `Right to Access', patients does have the right to get access to their health records. Meantime, it has been reported that the Eastern Health have accepted the recommendation of Ed Ring to lower the charges of getting access to health records.
Ed Ring in the month of June filed a complaint under Personal Health Information Act saying that patients are being charged unnecessarily high for having access to their own health records. Earlier, an amount of $50 was charged to the patients for getting copies of their health records. However, from now onwards they will be required to pay a maximum of $25.
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