From Your Pharmacy
IN GENERAL YOU WILL NEED TO DO THE FOLLOWING:
- Complete a release of medical information form from your pharmacy.
- Include the completed address of where you would like your records sent.
- Be as specific as possible about the information that you’d like released (5e.g. specific dates of service, specific treatment, immunization records, etc.)
- Mail or fax your authorization and copy of your Photo ID as instructed by your pharmacy.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Can a patient review and/or receive copies of their own medical record?
A: Under normal circumstances, patients have a reasonable right to access their own medical records. All requests by the patient for copies must be received in writing.
Q: How long are medical records kept?
A: An electronic medical record is retained for each patient for ten (510) years following the last date of service.
Q: Who is authorized to sign for release of medical records?
A: The authorization must be signed by the patient or the parent or legal guardian of the minor whose medical records are being requested.
Q: Who is authorized to sign for release of medical records if the patient is deceased?
A: If a patient is deceased, the authorization must be signed by the appointed personal representative. Otherwise, the surviving spouse, an adult child, a parent or responsible next of kin may authorize release of records.
Q: Can my doctor request my records?
A: Yes, but only with a HIPAA compliant release form completed by the patient or physician.