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Debate: Who Owns Patient Records?


by Les Masterson

A conversation between former Vice President Joe Biden and Epic CEO Judy Faulkner last month rekindled a long-running debate in the healthcare industry over who really owns patient records. While the methods for creating, gathering and analyzing patient records have certainly changed, the question of how much of that information patients should be able to access remains.

Some of the considerations are the same as always: Will patients understand their records and draw the correct conclusions from them? Do patients want to see everything or just a summary? What about accidental privacy violations?

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