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Disclosure Directives

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What is a Disclosure Directive?

A Disclosure Directive in eChart is an instruction that an individual gives to prevent their own information from being disclosed, viewed or printed. It is an “electronic mask” that is applied to all of the patient’s clinical information.

See the Disclosure Directives bulletin for more details.

How do I override a Disclosure Directive?

Only authorized eChart users with “Clinical View with Images & Override” access can override a Disclosure Directive. This role is assigned to users in professional roles who can prescribe within their scope of practice, such as physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives.

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If the patient has a Disclosure Directive, a red lock will appear in the search results.

Step 1 Select the patient’s leading record to Open Selected Patient

Step 2 A pop-up box will open prompting you to select the reason for the override


Step 1 Enter the patient file as usual and select Override Disclosure

Step 2 Enter Reason for Override when prompted

Should I check the Disclosure Directive override button every time I see it?

Do not check the Override Disclosure Directive box unless you have identified that the patient has a Disclosure Directive in place.

If the patient has a Disclosure Directive, the error message below will appear.

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