The Office of CIvil Rights has released a memo outlining an individual’s right to access their medical information. The memo explains that though the right to see and obtain a copy of one’s medical record has always been permitted by the HIPAA Privacy Rule, “many consumers face barriers to getting their health information – and the first barrier is that many do not know their rights.” The memo lists the consumer’s rights, such as asking to see their medical records and obtaining a copy in the form they prefer (electronic or paper), if the provider is able to do so.

Link to the OCR memo: