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New government rules give patients better access to medical data

Posted at 7:28 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 08:29:06-04

TEMPLE, TX — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have adapted two new rules aimed to protect and give better transparency to American patients.

As part of the 21st Century Cures Act, the rules concentrate on providing regulations enabling better access to patient's personal medical data.

Issued by both the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS anticipates the new rules will be fully implemented by 2021.

The Trump administration helped spearhead these regulations into place.

Tracey Trevino, an Army veteran, explains she's requested copies of her medical data for years, which have typically been mailed or sent to her.

Trevino is excited for better avenues of access to her records.

"I think that would be perfect, you know, technology has made a lot of stuff simpler," said Trevino.

The incoming changes are anticipated to give more control to the patient, as well as placing increased security around medical information.