New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is expected to sign into law privacy regulations for electronic health records contained in a bill that won final legislative approval Monday.
Under the legislation, patients can at any time request a report of who has accessed their records. And they must annually give permission for the records to be placed in the system.
Richardson said physician errors will be reduced and costs will be better controlled as hospitals and doctors move from paper to electronic records.
"I applaud the Legislature for passing this bill, which will encourage more providers to use electronic medical records because their patients' information will be confidential," Richardson said in a written statement.
The bill passed the House 61-2. The Senate agreed to the House-passed version late Monday and sent the proposal to the governor.