4658.0435 CONFIDENTIALITY OF CLINICAL RECORDS AND INFORMATION.
Maintaining confidentiality of records.
Information in the clinical records, regardless of form or storage methods, must be kept confidential according to Minnesota Statutes, chapter 13 and sections 144.291 to 144.298 and 144.651, and federal regulations. A resident's clinical information in a nursing home must be considered confidential but it must be made available to all persons in the nursing home who are responsible for the care of the resident. The clinical information must be open to inspection by representatives of the Department of Health and others legally authorized to obtain access.
Electronic transmission of health care data.
If a nursing home chooses to transmit or receive health care data by electronic means, the nursing home must develop and comply with policies and procedures to ensure the confidentiality, security, and verification of the transmission and receipt of information authorized to be transmitted by electronic means. A durable copy of the transmission must be placed in the resident's clinical record.