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Electronic records access expensive—for patients
Modern Healthcare

Charging patients for access to copies of their medical records is widespread, contends a survey published by the American Health Information Management Association. Advocates of converting to electronic records hope they will democratize patient access to their own data. But the survey responses appear to throw cold water on that expectation. The survey found that 87.5% of respondents’ organizations had an electronic record system and 52.6% of respondents charge patients for access to electronic copies of their medical records, with fees varying from a flat fee to per-page fees.