The proposed changes are in line with the Trump Administration’s focus on ensuring that regulations don’t stand in the way of patients being able to access their own health information. (Photo: Tex vector/

Patients and providers would have more decision-making power over their health records under proposed changes to HIPAA. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) last week recommended several changes that would make it easier for clinicians to share patient data with other providers, insurers and social service agencies for coordinating patient care.

“I give OCR a lot of credit for trying to come up with some proposals to really thread the needle in some difficult disclosure situations,” said Deven McGraw, a former deputy director for health information privacy at OCR.

Related: HIPAA readiness survey shows significant lack of employer compliance

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