The Buffalo News reports:
A change in state policy now allows participating providers to securely access data through Western New York’s clinical information exchange for patients ages 10 to 17.
Access requires a parent or legal guardian signing an affirmative HEALTHeLINK consent form on behalf of the minor patient.
Providers need to be aware that such records may contain sensitive information protected under state law that may not be disclosed to a parent or guardian without the minor’s written consent, Porreca said. These services include, but may not be limited to, reproductive health services, mental health or substance use treatment, HIV testing and STD treatment or services consented to by an emancipated minor.
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So does that “consented to by an emanicpated minor” bit mean that if the minor is not an emancipated minor, the physician can disclose the sensitive records to the parent?