With limited exceptions, the HIPAA Privacy Rule gives patients and their legal representatives the right to receive copies of their health records, including medical images. Most patients still receive their images on a CD or DVD, incurring substantial costs for the provider. Although the HIPAA Privacy Rule clearly permits providers to charge a reasonable, cost-based fee to help cover the expense, many providers hesitate to do so, fearing their patients will feel like they are being nickel and dimed.
Still burning CD’s at the end of each patient visit? That is so 1999. If you find that your imaging center has to lengthen each patient’s visit due to burning their images onto physical media and/or mailing those images out to Referring Physicians , fret not - the solution you have been waiting for is here. In fact, this is old news, because this technology has been here for some time now. So, if you are trying to get off the expensive bandwagon of burning CDs and DVDs for every patient you see, continue reading to learn how you can remedy that.