HHS launches campaign to educate patients about rights under HIPAA

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HHS' Office for Civil Rights unveiled a campaign focused on patient access to health information Sept. 7, titled "Get it. Check it. Use it."

Under the mottos "access to your health information is your right" and "information is powerful medicine," the campaign highlights the importance of HIPAA and its mandate giving each patient the right to access and obtain copies of his or her health information.

The campaign centers on three pillars: "Get it" (ask your physician for copies of your health information), "Check it" (review your health information for accuracy) and "Use it" (leverage health information to improve communication with your physician).

"Having access to your health records is a powerful tool in staying healthy," the campaign website reads. "With access to your health information you can make better decisions with your doctor, better track your progress and do more to be healthy."

Click here to view the campaign.

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