I was just diagnosed. My loved one was just diagnosed and now I have caregiver duties. I just found out that we are relocating across the country. I am desperately seeking a diagnosis and don't know what to do.
Each of these statements have something in common. Each of these people would be saying "I need my medical records."
And then they'd probably exclaim how overwhelming it is to get those records.
Whether you're dealing with a new diagnosis, taking care of a loved one, or you're just proactively managing your family's health information, having access to your health information is a critical step to getting the best care - but also one that's not easily attainable for most of us.
We've written about some of the best practices here and here, but it wasn't until now that we've put together this useful guide with tips and tricks on collecting your medical records, your rights around that, and how to deal with the overwhelming amount of information once you have it.
Last week, we pulled together a more complete resource for you. It's our Tips & Tricks for Understanding Medical Records. In this eBook, we talk about your rights to view and access your health information, the reasons why you would not be able to access it, and what to do if you find errors in your records.
Additionally, we talk about the best practices for getting your records, then what to do with them once you have them in hand.
So, if you find yourself in the situation where you're moving and need to see a new doctor who requires records. Or you're hopping from specialist to specialist to get a diagnosis. Or if you've gotten an appointment at NIH or another Center of Excellence and need to bring organized medical history, hopefully this can help.
Check out the site here, or click the big button below and you'll have taken a giant first step toward being in control of your medical records!