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Re: MED-PRIVACY digest 140 -Reply
According to the law in most states, the medical record. which may or
may not be distinguishable from the information contained within it,
belongs to and is the legal responsibility of the provider who created the
record, subject to the patient's right to access the information contained
within it (and often to copy it) and to the patient's right to not have that
information disclosed unlawfully or without the patient's consent. The
record does not belong to the patient.
We can debate to whom the record should belong (and perhaps we
should), but it is not the "truth" that the record "belongs" to the patient.