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Court Requires Release Of All Ohio Patient's Medical Records

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.