Governor Kevin Stitt rejects online medical records rules

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt addresses the media June 23 in the Capitol's Blue Room.

Gov. Kevin Stitt reversed an agency rule about implementing a statewide health information exchange program that sparked concerns about patient privacy.

The rule would have implemented new definitions and exemption criteria for electronic health records shared between a patient’s caregivers.

According to the Oklahoma State Medical Association, Oklahoma’s HIE’s goal is to improve patient outcomes by enabling greater data sharing. By having access to a patient’s medical records, doctors have the ability to better manage and coordinate care by being able to view patient medication lists, be notified of hospital admissions, discharges, or transfers, improving care coordination, and avoiding testing redundant.

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