This guidance remains in effect only to the extent that it is consistent with the court’s order in Ciox Health, LLC v. Azar, No. 18-cv-0040 (D.D.C. January 23, 2020), which may be found at https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2018cv0040-51. More information about the order is available at https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/court-order-right-of-access/index.html. Any provision within this guidance that has been vacated by the Ciox Health decision is rescinded.
Easy access to your health records puts you in control of decisions regarding your health and well-being. You can monitor your health conditions better, understand and stay on track with treatment plans, and find and fix errors in your record. The resources and videos below will help you understand your rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will show you how to work with your providers to get, check, and use your health information.
Patient Access Videos
You have the right to see your health records, get a copy of the information, and have it sent to a specialist or other third party you choose. Watch these short videos to learn more about your health records and your rights.
Video: Your Rights
This video introduces your rights under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Watch to learn about the information in your electronic health record (EHR) and how you can get it, share it with others, and use it to take charge of your health. (3:27)
Video: Fees & Timing
Meet Hannah. Before moving across the country, Hannah meets with her doctor to ask for a copy of her records. Watch this video to learn about associated fees, forms, and the time it may take for Hannah to get a copy of her records. (5:14)
Video: Third Parties
Martin would like to share the health information in his EHR with a heart health application on his smartphone. Watch this video to find out more about the right to get access to your information using a third party, including an application on your mobile phone. (3:16)
More Patient Access Resources for Individuals
These online resources can help you learn more about how to get, check, and use your health records.
There are a number of ways you can help protect your electronic health information. Follow these tips to ensure your personal health information is always private and secure.