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What should I consider when requesting my medical record information?

For each healthcare provider from whom you wish to receive your medical records, prepare to make your request by writing down what information you want and how you would like to receive it. Think about the following questions:
  • Are you looking for all the information your provider has about you, or for specific information about, for example, a particular condition or office visit?
  • What type of information are you looking for?
  • Do you want your records on paper or electronically (if available)? If you want them electronically, how do you want to receive them (via the web, on a flash drive, on a CD, etc.)? Note that your provider may not be able to support your preferred format.
Once you know what you're looking for, contact your healthcare provider's office to find out how to submit your request. In some cases, your doctor may provide instructions for requesting your records on his or her practice website or in a handout about privacy policies.

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