County says that medical records are owned by Medical Center


Posted by on Thu, March 26, 2009

Supervisor Rich Gordon has confirmed that patient records belong to the Coastside Family Medical Center and not to the patients, after consulting with county counsel.

There was some confusion at the meeting after one member of the audience said the state had told Gordon that the records belong to the patient, not the center. Gordon says that after a bankruptcy trustee is appointed by the court, the trustee will be responsible for the records.

You can download the memo from County Counsel Michael P. Murphy [pdf] from Coastsider.

The county has also released an updated version of their Information for Patients [pdf] handout from Monday’s meeting.


Does anyone know if there are folks working over at the Clinic, who are processing these medical records being requested that are coming in from doctors? By working, I mean folks who are being paid, not volunteers.

Martha Jenkins