Your Medical Records

Medical records are written histories of your health conditions and treatments. They are used by doctors, nurses, and other health care providers to treat you. Your medical records, including test results, are private (confidential) and cannot be shared with your friends or family without your permission.

Medical records are an important part of your health care management. We recommend you have a copy of your records or know how to access them.

By law, you have the right to see and get a copy of your medical record. Most facilities have a form that you can fill out to get copies of your records, or you can ask your doctor or health care provider how you can see or get a copy of your medical record and what is their procedure for doing this.

Most health care providers also have patient portals where you can log in and access your record online such as lab results. Many patient portals also allow you to make or cancel an appointment and email your doctor with questions. Ask your health care provider about accessing your health records online or go to their website to find information about how to do this.

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