Your Medical Records: What you need to know

This video, Your Digital Medical Records,
What You Need To Know, will help you understand how
to get your medical records, why you should request
your medical records, what you can do with your
records once you have them, and how you can protect
your health information. After years of visits to
primary care, physicians, specialists, hospitals,
pharmacies, and labs, you may have medical records
in many different places. By requesting your medical
records from these providers and organizing
them in one place, you can create a more complete
record of your health. Getting access to your
medical records and requesting any needed
corrections is your right under the Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act or HIPAA. Ask your provider
about the forms you may need to fill out. They may be
available online. Find out if your records
are kept electronically, so you can get a paper
or digital copy of your health records. A digital copy may
be more convenient. Your provider or health
plan may charge you for the cost of making
a copy for you. Once you have your
health records, review thoroughly
and ask yourself, is everything correct,
is it complete, are all my allergies listed, is my medication list current? You can share your records
with family and caregivers so that everyone treating
you is informed. Why obtaining your medical
records is important? It can prevent
unneeded testing and procedures such
as blood work, x-rays, or antibiotic
treatment; helps track immunizations
or those of your child; provides vital and
accurate information in an emergency for
providers to use. Now that I have my
medical records, how do I protect them? Use a password on your home
computer or mobile device, update often, and do not share
your password with anyone. Avoid public Wi-Fi or
insecure networks when accessing your
health information. Be careful when
using social media. Think before you post
anything on the Internet that you don’t want
to be made public. Do not assume that an
online public forum is private or secure. If you decide to post
health information on a social media platform, consider using the
privacy settings to limit others’ access. Be aware that information
posted on the web may remain permanently. When using mobile devices,
research mobile apps and software programs
before you download and install any of them. Read the terms of service
and the privacy notice of the mobile app to understand
how your information may be shared
with third parties and how the vendor will
protect your information. Consider installing or
using encryption software for your device. Install and activate
remote wiping and/or remote disabling on
your mobile devices. Visit these websites
for more information.

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