Advocacy

How To Get Copies of Your Medical Records

Various state and federal laws allow patients to have direct access to their medical record information, either by reviewing the record, obtaining copies or receiving a summary of their care. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of your medical records, you will need to contact the doctor’s office, clinic or hospital where you were treated.  In order for the office, clinic or hospital to release your confidential medical record information, you will need to complete and sign some type of authorization for release of information form. Usually there is no charge for records to be sent to another physician, hospital or other medical facility for continuity of care. For all other requests, there will likely be a fee to make photocopies of your medical record. For specific information about how to access your health information or to obtain a copy of your medical records, please contact your provider or clinician. 

HIPAA Access

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives individuals the right to see and get copies of their health information. Learn more about your rights under HIPAA to access your health information.

Accessing Your Health Information

Online Access to Your Health Information

Some hospitals, doctors’ offices and clinics may provide access to a website that stores the personal medical records of their patients. Depending on the websites’ features and functions, you may be able to view your test results or a list of your medications, access your medical records, schedule appointments, obtain follow-up instructions, pay bills and refill prescriptions. Check with your providers or physicians to see if they offer online access to your medical records. Terms sometimes used to describe electronic access to these data include “personal health record,” or “PHR” or “patient portal.”

OpenNotes

OpenNotes is a national movement that invites patients, families and health care professionals to come together and improve communication by more easily sharing doctors' notes with patients. The movement aims to empower patients to become more involved in their care. Learn more about OpenNotes.

Access to Cost Information

  • Fair Health is a national independent, not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to bring transparency to health care costs and health insurance information through comprehensive data products and consumer resources. 
  • NewChoiceHealth.com is a free, consumer-focused health care marketplace where consumers can shop for common medical procedures.

More Information

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Your Health Information, Your Rights