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Five Ways to Own Your Health Records

You are traveling and a health crisis occurs.  How does the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) gather information about your medical history?  They ask you, right?

 

Unfortunately the health crisis has limited your ability to remember and communicate all the your medications, health history, allergies, primary care physician’s name, power of attorney and other information needed to treat you most effectively.    EMT and Emergency Department professionals are trained to act quickly with the information at hand.  

 

Know your rights.  You are the owner of your health information.   That means you have the right to share your information as you see fit.  However, your test results and medical exam  storage belongs to  the physician or medical vendor who is billing insurance for payment.  

 

Assert your right to access and collect your records.

 

  1. Enroll in the Physician and Hospital portals.  Complete the health information exchange form.  Be sure to include permissions for your emergency contact, caregiver and power of attorney to access this information on your behalf.  Sign the HIPAA consent form as well to ensure that you are covered.  Be sure that you review the information in the files.
  2. Collect a visit summary note before leaving an appointment or hospital discharge.  Physicians are required to offer you a paper or digital copy of a C-CDA Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture written in human, readable language.  Do not leave a visit or discharge from a hospital without obtaining a written report the instructions for care at home.
  3. Request the  Patient Rights to Access or Disclose Test Results form.  This form requires labs, radiology and other diagnostic centers to share the test results directly with you the patient in most states.  Be certain you understand how the results will be shared (email or postal service) and when.  
  4.  Snap a photo of the records with your smartphone camera.  Use your device to store your records for quick, easy access to your health record.  Congratulations, you have now created a personalized health record.  You can now share these images at your next physician appointment to close the gaps in care caused by not sharing between health professionals.
  5. Join REUNIONCare to store all of your health records that share automatically with your personal Circle of Care and health professionals.  REUNIONCare builds a personalized care record uniting your entire care team.   Get the right information to the right person at the right time.