Benefits of Getting Your Medical Records

The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guarantees all patients a copy of their medical records within 30 days of requesting them. Patients can receive their medical records in any form they request, whether it is in physical or digital copy.

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When seeing multiple healthcare providers, it’s important to have a copy of your medical records so that your doctor does not repeat tests that have already been performed. This will save time and money.

You should also have a copy of your medical records for personal use, in case medical events happen suddenly, so any needed information is readily available.

It’s alo helpful to review your patient records on a regular basis to keep track of your health or of any ongoing medical issues

When you get your medical records, review them carefully. If you see any errors, you can ask for corrections to be made.

Documents/Information that should be included with your Medical Records

  • The initial history and physical examination from each doctor.

  • Consultation reports from specialists, as well as any notes

  • Operative reports

  • Test results, especially those used to track chronic conditions or showing meaningful test results

  • Having your current medication list accessible

  • Discharge summary if you were hospitalized