Information record infrastructure, system and method

  • US 7,805,377 B2
  • Filed: 08/19/2008
  • Issued: 09/28/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/06/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for controlling access to a medical record of a patient hosted by at least one medical record repository, comprising a plurality of record portions, each record portion having associated different patient-controlled access control criteria, comprising:

  • (a) receiving, by an intermediary, a request for a medical record from a requestor, said request comprising a medical record identifier, a requestor identifier, requestor authentication information, and patient-provided access control authorization;

    (b) providing an automated processor adapted for automatically processing, by the intermediary, the request for the medical record to authenticate the requestor and determine sufficiency of the patient-provided access control authorization to meet the patient-controlled access control criteria for each respective record portion encompassed by the request; and

    (c) selectively communicating, through an automated communication network, from the intermediary to the at least one medical record repository, an identification of each record portion for which patient-controlled access control criteria are determined to be sufficient for access by the requestor; and

    (d) generating an electronic payment authorization associated with the request, for compensation of at least one of the intermediary and the at least one medical record repository.

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