Health Information Technologies and Processes

Release of Info and Access to Info

  • 1.  Release of Info and Access to Info

    Posted 18 days ago
    I received a few offlist responses about the list which had as #1 authorization to use or disclose PHI followed by a request for access to PHI where people were sharing thoughts that these are essentially the same process.

    There are clearly differences between the two and a number of very good FAQ and guidance documents that can help people develop a clear and practical understanding of the differences.  One that I often share is at

    One thing that helps differentiate between the two is to make sure one has different processes and different forms.  When I asked some of these folks if they used different forms, they responded that they did not.

    Just passing this along...and thanks to those who contacted helped me learn a lot of what people are doing out there in HIPAAdom.​

    Posted: 7:47 AM AZ time

    Frank Ruelas
    Compliance Professional