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
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