Later this month, HEALTHeLINK will launch access to data on minor patients, aged 10-17, for any participating provider with whom the patient has a treating relationship. This access is dependent on a parent or legal guardian signing an affirmative HEALTHeLINK consent form for the minor patient.
The ability to access a minor's data was addressed earlier this year through changes to the New York State policy regarding access to patient data through a Qualified Entity. Consent forms can be collected on minors starting now. HEALTHeLINK has completed changes to its software to allow for a minor patient to be consented. This represents a change in the long standing inability to consent and subsequently access to minor patient data through HEALTHeLINK.
*With this change, participating providers will have access to PHI of a minor patient (under the age of 18). It is possible that this record contains minor consented information regarding services that are protected under NY State Law and may not be re-disclosed to the minor's parent or guardian without the minor's written consent. Such services include but may not be limited to: reproductive health services, mental health or substance use treatment, HIV testing and STD treatment or services consented to by an Emancipated Minor.
For more information on access to minor patient data based on a parental consent, please contact HEALTHeLINK at 716-206-0993 ext. 105.