Q: How does the Cures Act affect me?
A: The Cures Act places great emphasis on your perspective and experience. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) must be readily able to exchange your information with registries and other providers to improve continuity and quality of care.
Q: Does the Cures Act address how information is shared with me?
A: Yes. Access to your own health information and the methods for requesting it were addressed. The rules make it clear that you have the right to access and view your own health record free of charge. You also have the right to obtain a copy of your health records. A reasonable fee may be charged to cover the costs of the copies, and related items like the labor for producing the copies and postage. Visit healthit.gov for more information on your rights.
Q: What type of information is included?
A: According to the rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a provider must be able to create a single export file holding all the Electronic Health Information (EHI) produced or managed for you. There are some allowed exceptions. Find out more by visiting Very Well Health.