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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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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!
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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
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-.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
IT guys: Computer/ it guys should be able to warn you that your medical records are lost or hacked into.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer