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M.S.A. §144.293

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Release of Disclosure of Health Records

A provider or group purchaser can release patient information to a record locator service unless the patient has chosen to be excluded.  The record locator service does not share information with the Minnesota Department of Health.  Only a provider has access to patient identifying information from a record locator service through patient consent, unless there is an emergency medical situation. 

A health information exchange that has a record locator service must have an audit trail of the providers accessing the information, including the provider’s name, identity of the patient whose information was accessed, and the date of access.  A group purchaser cannot require a provider to participate in a record locator service as a condition of participation.  All providers must have a way of allowing a patient to exclude his or her identifying information from the record locator service.

Related Laws:  M.S.A. §144.298

Current as of June 2015