Health Information Management

HIPAA Q&A: Radiology images

HIM-HIPAA Insider, January 18, 2010

Q. If a patient asks our radiology department for a CD of his study images for his or her use, must the department provide it to him or her?

A.
As a covered entity, you must give patients access to their information in the designated record set. Most healthcare providers include radiology images as part of the designated record set. Patients have a right to request copies of their information for their use. You may charge patients a reasonable fee for the cost of preparing the CD.

Editor’s note: Mary D. Brandt, MBA, RHIA, CHE, CHPS, answered this question. This is not legal advice. Consult your attorney regarding legal matters.

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