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Illinois Medical Records Laws

Medical records are considered confidential documents, which means they may only be viewed by those who need to know (such as nurses, doctors, and health care administrators) or who have been given consent. Illinois medical records laws grant access privileges to a patient's primary physician and/or psychologist, but federal laws have a major role in the protection of patients' information.

Learn about Illinois medical records laws in the following table. See FindLaw's Patient Rights Basics section for additional articles and resources.

Who Has Access to Records? Medical records kept strictly confidential (735§5/8-2101)
What Privileges Apply to Medical Records? Physician and psychologist (735§5/8-802)
Mandatory Reporting Requirements Child abuse (325 ILCS 5/4); sexually transmissible diseases (410 ILCS §325/4)
Patient Consent and Waiver Right to privacy and confidentiality in health care may be waived in writing by patient or patient's physician (410§50/3)
Insurance Companies -
Provisions Related to HIV/AIDS AIDS test information must be kept confidential (410 ILCS 305/1, et seq.) No disclosure of AIDS test information without consent, court order or as listed in 410 ILCS 305/9

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Illinois health care attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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