How to Submit a Medical Records Request

You need to complete a Medical Records Request to get a copy of your medical datas.

While most large healthcare facilities have adopted an electronic healthcare which provides patients with access to their medical data, small practices, such as a family-owned practice, still use the old paper and pen method to store medical records. Even if they have adopted computers to store the information, it is unlikely that patients will have access to those records on the web.

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act, more commonly known as HIPAA, you have the right to receive a copy of your medical records under most circumstances. If you are the parent of a minor or legal guardian of a disabled person, you also have the right get copies of the patient’s medical records since you are making decisions on the patient’s behalf. You should bring legal proof that you are acting on the patient’s behalf.

How to Submit a Medical Records Request

To submit a Medical Records Request, start by filling out this step-by-step template. It will ask you for your name, date of birth, and other identifying information. Who complete, print out the form and either mail it or delivered in person to your doctor’s office.

The Future of Medical Records

In the United States, a patient’s medical records are typically spread between several medical providers. There is no central database for a patient to view all of their medical records. As a result, when patients go to see a new provider, they have to track down their old medical records or fill out an extensive medical history statement. Other countries have adopted universal medical record systems where records are automatically updated to a single database and doctors can instantly see all of a patient’s medical history if you provide them with access. This technology is not just convenient, it is potentially lifesaving. EMS and emergency room doctors can access a patient’s allergies and relevant medical conditions when a patient is unconscious. Having access to such information could save a patient’s life.