Patient Medical Records Already Collected by the Minnesota Department of Health

Data received from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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From Minnesota Hospitals:

Year Inpatient Records Outpatient Records

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
399,228
447,434
465,240
485,826
507,059
518,848
548,989
813,290
1,096,616
1,281,710
1,438,127
1,540,046

Total: 2,823,635 6,718,778


From Health Plans:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

Year Medical Records

1995
1996
1997
1998-1999
2000
10,019,934
12,469,346
8,450,656
34,358,746
14,200,258

Total: 79,498,940


Medica Health Plan

Year Medical Records

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
6,796,978
8,423,877
8,689,283
7,645,528
7,996,404
8,878,196

Total: 48,430,266

Identifiability of Patient Data Collected by the Health Department

The hospital records do not include patient name, Social Security Number or full address. However, they include the medical record number, gender, date of birth, and zip code. The health plan records do not have names or street addresses, but do have zip codes and ID numbers assigned by the health plans. Therefore the records are de-identified, but not unidentifiable. The proposed rule had required names, identification numbers and other data (and annual linking of data) that would have made the information identifiable.

* Data received from the Minnesota Department of Health.


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