Restrictions on the Release of Health Care Information
State and federal laws protect certain types of information in medical records. A specific written authorization by the patient or the patient's legally recognized representative might be required to release these types of information:
A competent minor patient's signature might be required to release information related to care of:
Authorized Personal Representatives
A legally recognized representative is an individual that may act on behalf of a patient when a patient is not competent and cannot make his or her own health care treatment decisions. In most cases, the personal representative needs legal documentation to demonstrate the authority to sign for the patient. Examples of documentation include a Durable Power of Attorney for health care or letters of guardianship.