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Disadvantages Of Paper Medical Records
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
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
How can I organize all my medical records (including papers) electronically from different providers? Which phr is the best?
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
IT guys: Computer/ it guys should be able to warn you that your medical records are lost or hacked into. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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