If any request is made for medical records either by the patients/authorised attendant or legal authorities involved, the same is to be duly acknowledged and delivered 72 hours.
With an aim of raising awareness among doctors regarding public health information, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said that doctors and hospitals need to know that it is obligatory for them to provide copy of the case record or medical record to the patient or his legal representative.
The IMA said that as per law, medical records belong to the medical professionals/entities but patients generally have a right to review them, demand copies of them, and to demand their confidentiality as per the MCI ethics regulations.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has imposed an obligation on Hospitals as per the regulations notified on March 11, 2002, amended up to December 2010 to maintain the medical record and provide patient access to it.
According to them every physician shall maintain the medical records pertaining to his/her indoor patients for a period of three years from the date of commencement of the treatment in a standard proforma laid down by the MCI.
“If any request is made for medical records either by the patients/authorised attendant or legal authorities involved, the same may be duly acknowledged and documents shall be issued within the period of 72 hours,” said S.S. Agarwal, IMA president. Hindu
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