The right of access to one’s own health information is not a new concept. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) grants each person “a right of access to inspect and obtain a copy of” any individually identifiable health information contained in a health care provider’s medical or billing records. The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OCR) has not been shy about enforcing this right of access. And numerous states have enacted laws on the subject, often imposing more stringent deadlines on providers for the release of health records than the 60-day time frame set forth in HIPAA.
A digital health startup to make the task of uploading medical images taken with a smartphone and other portable devices to an electronic health record easier and more secure has raised more than $1.1 million in the second fundraise for the Madison, Wisconsin-based business ImageMoverMD . Founded by radiologists Richard Bruce and Gary Wendt, the company’s initial focus was to balance the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend with the practical concerns of security that accompanies it, while also trying to avoid overcomplicating the process. (more…)