AMA board member says it should be illegal for a company to withhold patient data from doctors. But doctors say Dr. Notes is doing just that. The South Florida Business Journal (paid subscription required) reports:
There�s a federal push to digitize health care records, but experts are worried over allegations that a Boca Raton company [Dr. Notes] cut some doctors� access to electronic patient files after they failed to pay fees.
It turns out there is no current law that would stop a software vendor from doing so, federal and state agency officials say. The laws that cover patient privacy and access to records apply to health care workers, not third-party vendors…of the clause in Dr. Notes� license agreement, �Just because it’s in the fine print somewhere in a place a normal person wouldn’t see it doesn’t mean you can enforce it.�