Data Crisis: Who Owns Your Medical Records? Electronic records are increasingly hard to keep secure and store, especially with the proliferation of patient-generated data
your medical records are the property of hospitals, doctors, and health systems. Except in New Hampshire, where ownership rights are assigned to the patient, no other states recognize the individual’s right of control and ownership of their medical data. Now that our records are electronic, which was intended to make them eminently portable and sharable, a very serious unintended problem has erupted. In the past year, more than 100 million Americans have had their electronic medical records hacked from health systems. For example, this June, Banner Health in Phoenix had a breach of 3.7 million electronic medical records. Many hospitals throughout the country have been held hostage for their health information system by hackers and have had to pay ransom to regain control of their patients’ medical data.