As a result of a change in New York State policy, participating providers can now securely access data through HEALTHeLINK for minor patients 10-17 years of age. Access to the data requires a parent or legal guardian signing an affirmative HEALTHeLINK consent form on behalf of the minor patient.
"This change in state policy 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," said Dan Porreca, HEALTHeLINK's executive director. "For a child who may see several different physicians, having access to this information will allow for better and more efficient care. It is also helpful in those instances when the child's grandparent or another caregiver brings them for an appointment and they do not have the child's medical history readily available."
The ability to access data for a minor 10-17 years of age is the result of changes to a New York State policy regarding access to patient data through a Qualified Entity (QE) such as HEALTHeLINK. Consent for children younger than 10 years of age has and will continue to allow access for treating physicians. Participating providers need to be aware that it is possible that the minor patient's record may contain sensitive information that is protected under New York State law and may not be re-disclosed to the minor's parent or guardian without the minor's written consent. This information includes, 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.