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A company's release of all information pertaining to the company's business activity, regardless of how that information may influence investors.


The voluntary or required release of information relevant to a security, company, fund, or anything else. In order to be listed on an exchange, a company must provide disclosure on itself by registering with the SEC and abiding by regulations that govern what information about itself that the company releases. Disclosure exists to prevent price manipulation and anything else that would disrupt the efficiency of trade. See also: Transparency.


The submission of facts and details concerning a situation or business operation. In general, security exchanges and the SEC require firms to disclose to the investment community the facts concerning issues that will affect the firms' stock prices. Disclosure is also required when firms file for public offerings. See also full disclosure.


A disclosure document explains how a financial product or offering works. It also details the terms to which you must agree in order to buy it or use it, and, in some cases, the risks you assume in making such a purchase.

For example, publicly traded companies must provide all available information that might influence your decision to invest in the stocks or bonds they issue. Mutual fund companies are required to disclose the risks and costs associated with buying shares in the fund.

Government regulatory agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), self-regulating organizations, state securities regulators, and NASD require such disclosures.

Similarly, federal and local governments require lenders to explain the costs of credit, and banks to explain the costs of opening and maintaining an account.

Despite the consumer benefits, disclosure information isn't always easily accessible. It may be expressed in confusing language, printed in tiny type, or so extensive that consumers choose to ignore it.

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HealthPort is the authority on the compliant exchange of protected health information through release of information and audit management technology.
Although our release of information module eSmartlog already included the components needed to assist our customers with meeting the release of information specific meaningful use criteria, the backing of our certification as an EHR module and recent enhancements to refine the process for customer meaningful use requests, provides our customers with peace of mind that we are a trusted partner in their quest to meet ARRA requirements.
ESmartlog, which met the requirements for certification as an EHR module, is a software component of HealthPort's release of information offering, and allows healthcare facilities to log and track medical record requests for processing.
HealthPort, an industry leader in health information technology and services, today announced during the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) annual convention the launch of its new blog "Release of Information 101", devoted exclusively to educating the healthcare industry about the basics of release of information (ROI) and why a solid process matters.
As a part of McKesson's automated document management solution, our new release of information solution will make managing the process in-house practical for any healthcare provider's internal operation and bottom line.
Technology enables health system to improve operational processes while gaining control over the release of information function
In similar cases from 2003, the Disciplinary Committee found that the clause in the listing agreement prohibiting the release of price-sensitive information in any manner other than through correct disclosure also applies to the unintentional release of information.
About PHNS: PHNS provides comprehensive healthcaring solutions for hospitals including information technology, health information management (including medical record management and storage, transcription, coding, release of information and electronic medical record services) and receivables management services.
PHNS' health information/medical record management services include medical records management and storage, transcription, coding, release of information and electronic medical record services.
Electronic release of information ensures compliance and saves money for healthcare organizations