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Individuals’ Right under HIPAA to Access their Health Information 45 CFR § 164.524
The federal government clarified that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that requires covered dentists to use unsecure email to send information to a patient as long as the patient requested it be sent that way.
There is some risk the protected health information could be read or accessed by a third party while in transit.
If you as the patient still want to receive your information through an unencrypted email, we will be glad to comply, per new guidance issued by the Office for Civil Rights.
The new guidance also confirmed that while covered dental practices are responsible for adopting reasonable safeguards, if the information is compromised during the transmission, the dental practice is not required to notify the patient or federal government that there has been a breach, because you as the patient agreed to the risks of having their protected health information transmitted in an unsecure manner.
The law does not permit a health care provider to require an individual to accept unsecure methods of transmission in order to receive copies of his or her health information.
The Office for Civil Rights says it issued the new guidance to stress the importance of providing individuals access to their health information.
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