Right To Know - United States - Available Information - Medical Record

Medical Record

Many employers keep some type of medical records. These could be medical questionnaires, results of pre-employment physical examinations, results from blood tests or more elaborate records of ongoing diagnosis or treatment (such as all biological monitoring not defined as an employee exposure record). OSHA regulations that establish access rights to these records are found in 29 CFR 1910.1020: Access to Medical and Exposure Records.

Medical records are considerably more personal than exposure records or accident reports so the rules governing confidentiality and access to them are stricter. Employee medical records do not include a lot of employee medical information because of this extra scrutiny. A good rule of thumb is that if the information is maintained separately from the employer's medical program, it probably will not be accessible.

Examples of separately maintained medical information would be records of voluntary employee assistance programs (alcohol, drug abuse, or personal counseling programs), medical records concerning health insurance claims or records created solely in preparation for litigation.

These records are often kept at the worksite if there is an on-site physician or nurse. They could also be in the files of a physician, clinic, or hospital with whom the employer contracts for medical services.

An employee has access to his or her own medical record (29 CFR 1910.1020). An individual employee may also sign a written release authorizing a designated representative (such as a union representative) to receive access to his or her medical record. The latter might occur in a case where the union or a physician or other researcher working for the union or employer needs medical information on a whole group of workers to document a health problem. Certain confidential information may be deleted from an employee’s record before it is released.

Read more about this topic:  Right To Know, United States, Available Information

Other articles related to "medical, record, medical record, records":

The Medical Transcription Process
... latter spends time with the former discussing his medical problems, including history and/or problems ... doctor uses a voice-recording device to record the information about the patient encounter ... This report is then accessed by a medical transcriptionist, it is clearly received as a voice file or cassette recording, who then listens to the dictation and transcribes it into the required format for the medical ...
Medical Record - Privacy
... Act (HIPAA) addresses the issue of privacy by providing medical information handling guidelines ...
Mads Gilbert - Medical Record
... hypothermia has been chronicled in Cheating death the doctors and medical miracles that are saving lives against all odds by Sanjay Gupta, as well as being featured in CNN's television program Another Day ...
Entity–attribute–value Model - History of EAV Database Systems
... The first medical record systems to employ EAV were the Regenstrief electronic medical record (the effort led by Clement MacDonald), William Stead and Ed Hammond's ... be overestimated.) A group at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center were the first to use a relational database engine as the foundation of an EAV system ...
List Of Open-source Healthcare Software - Categories - Electronic Health or Medical Record
... FreeMED is a practice management and electronic and computer records system ... It allows the tracking of medical data, in detail, with preservation not just of the diagnosis but the reasons for medical encounters ... GNU Health (aka "Medical") is a free, centralized, highly scalable health and hospital information system Hospital OS Open source hospital information system in Thai HOSxP ...

Famous quotes containing the words record and/or medical:

    When our kids are young, many of us rush out to buy a cute little baby book to record the meaningful events of our young child’s life...But I’ve often thought there should be a second book, one with room to record the moral milestones of our child’s lives. There might be space to record dates she first shared or showed compassion or befriended a new student or thought of sending Grandma a get-well card or told the truth despite its cost.
    Fred G. Gosman (20th century)

    Homoeopathy is insignificant as an art of healing, but of great value as criticism on the hygeia or medical practice of the time.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)