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Managing requests for medical records

You may receive requests from a third party for a patient’s medical records. This video will advise you about your clinical and legal responsibilities.

Sunday, 28 February 2021

All doctors have an ethical and legal duty to ensure their patients’ medical records are kept confidential.

That said medical records can be seen as an important source of information for both patients and doctors involved in various legal proceedings or claims. You may, for one reason or another, receive requests to disclose a patient’s clinical records.

Avant receives many questions from doctors who are unsure of their responsibilities when these requests are received.

In this video Dr Peter Walker, Senior Risk Manager, at Avant will advise you about your clinical and legal responsibilities.


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