New law enables New York clinicians to access patient data for minors via state HIE

Healthcare IT News: Care providers participating in HEALTHeLINK, a regional health information organization serving Western New York, can now access health data for patients who are between 10 and 17 years old, as long as those minors' parents or legal guardians have signed consent forms.

The access to clinical information is allowed because of recent changes to state policy regarding access to patient data through qualified exchange entities such as the HEALTHeLINK, according to the group.

The law change "gives parents and legal guardians the peace of mind that their child's treating pediatrician or specialist will have the most up to date health information," HEALTHeLINK executive director Dan Porreca said in a statement.

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