Get the information you need to better manage your health or care for loved ones. With online access and communication tools, patients can ask questions, share concerns, and provide pertinent information to their providers at their convenience – at night, over the weekend, even on a holiday.
There are several ways you can request to see or get a copy of your health information. The method you choose will largely depend upon the type of health data you want and the kind of health records system your provider uses.
You’ll need to determine: -1- What kind of health information you want (for example, your entire medical record or just your immunization list), -2- What format you want it in (a printable list to share with a family member or machine-readable data to upload into a health app), and -3- How you want to receive it (email, traditional mail, etc.).
Using the Data
Almost every other industry – banking, travel, retail, and education – gives customers powerful tools to manage their lives online. Good news – that’s increasingly true in health care – all you need is your data! Learn what tools you can apply to actually use the data.
Having trouble? Check out our Tracer Blog Series as well as the tips and resources below to help you better understand and demonstrate your rights to your health information.
For more background, check out the new guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services on your right to access health information.
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