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Healthcare Information Technology Exam Guide for CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician and HIT Pro Certifications by Brian Gugerty, Kathleen McCormick

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Medical Records Regulations

Healthcare information is also ruled by regulations that are concerned not only with privacy but also with the quality and accuracy of the provision of healthcare. These regulations are not much different from any records management regulations, but their timeframes are greatly increased because they deal with a time frame of a human life span. In many cases, these regulations that mandate that records be maintained conflict with a patient’s desire to have some healthcare episodes forgotten. Sometimes this can be handled through access control rules that will blind the information from the majority of potential uses. This is where the confidentiality coding of “very restricted” should be used.

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