Patient Authorization

This page tracks the progress of two workgroups that are addressing patient authorization to release their records. The Query-Based Document Exchange Implementation Guide is clear that organizations have the ability to set their own policy for what permission is needed from the patient before his or her records will be released in response to a query. The Guide is silent, however, on how information on these requirements, and their potential fulfillment by requesters, can be communicated in the course of query transactions. In order to address this topic, the Carequality Steering Committee has approved the creation of a technical and a policy workgroup. Both workgroups are staffed by experienced individuals representing various stakeholders. Details on the individual workgroups can be found at their respective pages:

The latest draft of the Implementation Guide, reflecting the work of these groups, the Advisory Council, and the implementer community, can be found here.

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