Patricia Wagner Quoted in “When Asked, Covered Entities Must Give Patients Records by Email”

Report on Patient Privacy July 2016

Patricia M. Wagner,  Chief Privacy Officer and Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences and Litigation practices, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Report on Patient Privacy, in “When Asked, Covered Entities Must Give Patients Records by Email,” by Theresa Defino. 

Following is an excerpt:

But CE “are between a rock and a hard place” on this issue of emailing records, says Patricia Wagner, a member of the law firm of Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C.

Wagner says meeting the requirement for access by email could be a “compliance nightmare.” At a minimum, “policies have to be revised” at CEs who have forbidden PHI from being emailed.

Focusing on the requirement to provide records access by email, if requested, might give CEs a chance to hone their email policies.