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Doctor insights on: Disadvantages Of Paper Medical Records

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Why would I get my personal medical records? 2 much paper already

Why would I get my personal medical records? 2 much paper already

There are: You may have to search web sites. Physician interactive is a site that used to allow your personal records can be stored. ...Read more

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Are paper medical records more secure than electronic health records?

Usually 7 years: Paper charts- 7 years. This may differ by state. Advantage of emr is they can be preserved for ever. Paper charts may not be as secure as electronic charts if proper precautions are taken. ...Read more

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How can I organize all my medical records (including papers) electronically from different providers? Which phr is the best?

How can I organize all my medical records (including papers) electronically from different providers? Which phr is the best?

Phr: Myphr. Com is a good website for storing personal medical records. Some other insurance companies may also provide similar facility. You can divide into folders example containing for each provider, hospital records, radiology, labs, correspondence, insurance letters etc. ...Read more

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Medical records. Is there any way to obtain my medical records?

Medical records. Is there any way to obtain my medical records?

Each: Each doctor's office or hospital has different policies regarding this matter, however your medical records should be made available to you in a timely fashion. Most facilities merely require a signed authorization, usually to be signed in person. If the records are in another state they may have another method for obtaining them.
Remember you have a right as a patient to have access to your medical records. This includes all labs, x-rays, and clinic notes.
Another method of obtaining medical records would be to have your current primary provider request to have your records released to them, which also requires your signature, this tends to be a little quicker in most case.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Can getting an abortion show up on your medical records?

Can getting an abortion show up on your medical records?

Yes: A surgical procedure is a surgical procedure and should always be placed on your medical record in order to ensure that your future care providers have a full understanding of your history and how to treat other conditions as related to your procedure. Usually we will write "D&C" which is the procedure, which can be done for any number of things, an abortion just happens to be one of the reasons. ...Read more

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Why should I have to spend my lunch hour driving across town to get medical records?

You shouldn't: Your doctor should be able to provide you with your medical records via fax, email or via the regular mail. Most doctors today are using electronic health records, like in our office. We can provide patients with instant access to their records via secure email or fax. ...Read more

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How to I stop my medical records being stolen, or being a victim of healthcare identity theft?

How to I stop my medical records being stolen, or being a victim of healthcare identity theft?

No such thing: If your doc uses a computer connected to the Internet it can be "hacked". There are safeguards but the computers are not invulnerable. That is like asking to be perfectly safe in the world. No such thing. ...Read more

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I recently discovered I have fmd, only because I requested my medical records, why would drs not tell me? I have a blood/circular probs.

I recently discovered I have fmd, only because I requested my medical records, why would drs not tell me? I have a blood/circular probs.

Why?: If you mean fibromuscular dysplasia I can't think of any reason why your doctors wouldn't tell you. However I would make sure that that's actually your diagnosis. Sometimes doctors will put "r/o fmd" and you might think that means you have it. It's not always easy to interpret records. You should call your doctor and ask them if you have it or not. Don't go by what you read in your chart. ...Read more

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Why do so many medical offices ask for unnecessary & intrusive personal information (ssn, drivers licenses) unrelated to medical records?

Why do so many medical offices ask for unnecessary & intrusive personal information (ssn, drivers licenses) unrelated to medical records?

Required by law: It is required by law & insurance contracts that they have with companies & that you signed with those same companies. They need to make sure you are who you say you are & that they have proof. Also, if there is any legal question in the future, they can prove that they verified your identity. Finally, insurance companies use this info to track your health & put it into a central database. ...Read more

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My medical records say that I have obsessive neurosis, must've been diagnosed when I was younger - what exactly is it and do I need help?

My medical records say that I have obsessive neurosis, must've been diagnosed when I was younger - what exactly is it and do I need help?

Obsessive: Obsessive disorder has to do with thoughts that won't go away and preoccupy us, worry us. It is often linked to behaviors that we do to prevent some unknown harm from happening (compulsions). Together they are called obsessive compulsive disorder or ocd. It sounds like you were obsessed with some thoughts when. If that is still an issue it is very treatable by a clinical psychologist. Peace. ...Read more

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How long do doctors keep medical records? How long are they allowed to? I'm wanting some old ones from 2006, thanks! How do I ask for them?

Medical records: Different states have different requirements for keeping medical records. Generally doctors' offices keep these records in storage, if patients are no longer active. Electronic medical records may be kept indefinitely. You could ask your doctor's office for a copy of your records, and they should give this to you if they have it. ...Read more

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I am being harassed in my medical records.. ..The secret insurance ones. Is there a way to correct the info? Why is this not covered by hippaa?

I am being harassed in my medical records.. ..The secret insurance ones. Is there a way to correct the info? Why is this not covered by hippaa?

Secret Med Records: I am not sure what you mean by "harassed." is there an error in the records? Are you trying to get life insurance and there is a diagnosis that is denying you coverage? If so, then go to the doctor who made the error and ask them to help. In ga we have an insurance commissioner who can help get things done. See if your state has this office. There are no "secret" records. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If SSI collects medical records for a continuing disability review is there still some dr-patient confidentiality or will they know everything I said?

If SSI collects medical records for a continuing disability review is there still some dr-patient confidentiality or will they know everything I said?

Documentation: It depends on what your physician wrote in your medical records. As a patient, you have the right to obtain a copy of your medical records, to see which details of past conversations they contain. SSI will be able to see the same information that you are able to access. Http://healthit. Gov/patients-families/faqs/how-can-i-access-my-health-informationmedical-record ...Read more

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What should go in your own personal medical records?

Notes: All information that has been recorded by your doctor, family history, all your medical history and medications used. Medical record are the notes docs keep when you have an appointment or phone call-. ...Read more

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How can I get my medical records?

Usually easy: Usually your provider will provide copies based on whatever the state regs allow them to charge, some will give them to you free and some provide a personal health record that allows you to download a copy. ...Read more

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Question about medical records? Who owns them?

You do: The law in the us is that you own the information, the physician owns its physical form, and it can never be withheld from you. ...Read more

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Say, I need to know how do you get your medical records?

Say, I need to know how do you get your medical records?

Written request: You might be able to call the office and identify your self, but you will most likely have to go to pick them up. Signing a release is normal and charging a fee is normal by your provider. ...Read more

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When do I know if someone hacked into my medical records?

IT guys: Computer/ it guys should be able to warn you that your medical records are lost or hacked into. ...Read more

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I want to adopt. How do I get medical records of the child?

I want to adopt. How do I get medical records of the child?

Open/confidential: Use of an adoption agency or voluntary adoption registeries helps with issue of confidentiality. Try this website, adoption. Org for needed information. Your healthcare provider can also, help but more with anticipatory guidance on health and emotional issues inherent with adoption. Records from international adoptional may not always be reliable so be prudent with information provided. ...Read more

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How should you go about finding your childhood medical records?

How should you go about finding your childhood medical records?

Diary, schools: Medical records are retained under guidelines of the state or feds. In texas kids records are kept until their 21 st birthday or 7 yrs from their last visit, before destruction. This would include shot records. Local medical societies may know how to locate retired docs/records. Many school systems keep them in their admission papers. College application forms & military records may also have them. ...Read more

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How can you find your medical records from when you were a kid?

How can you find your medical records from when you were a kid?

Check sources: Physicians in my state are obligated to keep medical records on a kid until 7 years from their last visit or their 21st birthday, whichever is later. They are then destroyed. Important issues like a vaccination record can sometimes be retrieved from report cards or school records & some states keep a vaccine registry. You can contact a local medical society to see if a retired doc still keeps them. ...Read more

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Can I get my own medical records under federal laws protecting consumers?

Can I get my own medical records under federal laws protecting consumers?

Yes.: Hipaa regulations allow you to request your personal medical records from your provider, considering you are not a minor. Some providers may charge a per page or per x-ray fee, or if digital records, a per disk fee. ...Read more

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As power of attorney, am I the only person who can access medical records?

As power of attorney, am I the only person who can access medical records?

Set by states/ feds: Access to medical records is defined by your state and federal statutes. You may not be aware, but the states medical boards, insurance plans, other treating physicians & persons directly involved in patient care all have access by statute. Treating physicians or facilities can discuss patients DX & rx based on kinship & other factors defined within these statutes. ...Read more

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Could all medicines prescribed to you go on shared medical records forever?

They could...: It depends on how well your doctors keep your medical records. With today's electronic records, everything that is prescribed via computer is kept in your medical record. If you move to another state and the medical records are transferred to your new doctor, the prescription record would also be transferred unless you chose to not give permission for the med records to be released. ...Read more

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Should I get copies of all my medical records at every medical appointment?

Should I get copies of all my medical records at every medical appointment?

Why???: The various states require physicians to keep their medical records for a period of years from your last point of contact and be ready to retrieve and transfer the information as needed. If a subsequent treating physician needs any information, it will be available. Hand carried records are often lost & seldom needed if you are able to give a detailed history. ...Read more

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Can you view and get a copy of all your medical records to keep for yourself?

Can you view and get a copy of all your medical records to keep for yourself?

Yes: You can get a copy of all of your medical records at your doctor's office. You may have to pay a fee for the photocopying and administration time. If you want copies of x-rays, cts, and mris, you need to go to the radiology center and request either print outs or a cd with them. Again, there will be a charge for that. Medical records are kept for several years only - each state is different. ...Read more

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Who do you contact when there are missing medical records? Who do you report that to?

Who do you contact when there are missing medical records? Who do you report that to?

Ask last doctor (s): State laws require that the information in medical records be kept for a certain number of years (contact the state medical board to find that information). One can contact each doctor and each clinic or hospital he went to in the past, to see if any records information is available. Meanwhile, one should write his medical history from his own memory, the best that he can do, for the next doctor. ...Read more

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Unable to access old medical records. Should I do all the old tests over again? Seems ridiculous to me.

Unable to access old medical records. Should I do all the old tests over again? Seems ridiculous to me.

Not ridiculous: I as the patient am not the same as I was a year ago or ten years ago. The body is changing regularly. By no means wasteful. ...Read more

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Do u think with all medical records becoming digital by 2015, hackers will be able to get peoples confidential records and privacy will be a big issue?

Do u think with all medical records becoming digital by 2015, hackers will be able to get peoples confidential records and privacy will be a big issue?

Privacy: Health care privacy will continue to be a "big issue, " especially with continued push for more electronic record-keeping. I suspect hackers, too, will be a constant threat to healthcare information. ...Read more

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Who owns personal medical records?

Personal medical rec: You as patient have right and access to a full copy. ...Read more