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Court Requires Release Of All Ohio Patient's Medical Records

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The Ohio Supreme Court says the release of medical records cannot be restricted to where the provider stores infomation.

The Ohio Supreme Court says a health care provider can't limit the release of medical records based solely on where the provider stores the information.

The court ruled 5-2 Wednesday that providers must release all medical records generated in the process of a patient's treatment that pertain to medical history, diagnosis, prognosis or condition.

The court sided with a woman who sued after a Canton hospital declined to provide the complete medical record of her father following his death after surgery.

At issue were cardiac-monitoring strips that were printed after the fact at the direction of the hospital's risk-management department.

Justice Sharon Kennedy said the physical location of data isn't relevant to the question of whether it's a medical record.