The Importance of Medical Records
Gathering and maintaining a complete set of medical records is not only a sensible practice, but helps you be prepared and get the most out of each doctors appointment. Also, having organized records also serves as a sound defense to any accusations of Medical Child Abuse that might arise. It is much easier to both collect and correct medical records before any issues arise. Moreover, having medical records on hand might actually deter a physician from considering Medical Child Abuse as a possibility, for it is much harder to argue with a third-party lab result than a parent.
The HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information. Understanding your rights under HIPAA will help you navigate the management of your medical records and how your information can be tracked, stored and used.
Understanding Your Rights Under HIPAA
Correcting Errors in Medical Records
Maintaining and Storing Medical Records