Three (plus) reasons to get your medical records

Posted by Courtney Larned

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Jul 14, 2014 10:30:00 AM

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Many people have not accessed their own medical records and don't realize they have a right to. In a variety of instances it is important to have a comprehensive view of your medical information. Here are three of the (many) reasons why you should take control of your medical information.

Find Errors

You wouldn't consider attempting to obtain a mortgage without first checking your credit report to see what your credit score is and if there is any erroneous information. The same should be true with your medical information. It is possible there are errors that need correcting or the information is not up to date. This is especially important if you have allergies that doctors should be aware of such as a antibiotic allergy.

One in three CareSync Plus member found a significant error in their medical record.

Multiple Doctors

If you will be seeing a specialist or a new doctor you will want your full medical history to be transferred. In many cases physicians don't share complete patient information so it is best if you have the information yourself so you can provide it directly to your new provider. To obtain the best, safest care possible it is best to have all of your providers have access to all of your medical records.

Track Your Own Care

The best way for you to advocate for yourself is if you have a copy of your medical records so you can track preventative care and treatment plans. Additionally, if you're like 64% of CareSync Plus users, you'll avoid unnecessary and duplicate test by being able to share information with your provider. Plus, you'll be able to make sure that all of your care team has access to the important information about your health - because you make sure of it.

Other reasons you might want to get access to your health information?

  • In most states, your providers are only required to keep your records for about 6-7 years. When was that shoulder surgery? Get your records to have a baseline of your health!
  • You're planning a move (or recently moved) and need to establish yourself as a patient at a new practice. While not all offices will require all your records, you'll start off on the right foot by giving your new doc the information he'll need to treat you.
  • Legal reasons - say you were in an accident, and needed to prove that injuries were from the accident, and not a pre-existing medical condition. Voila! Show them the proof!

CareSync was born from a need to access important information in a way that was easy to understand, but also meaningful when shared with providers. We combine web, iOS and Android personal health record software with our concierge services including medical records retrieval and transcription, appointment booking, and care coordination.

To learn more about how CareSync helps people access, organize, and control their health information, visit our website, or give us a call at 800.587.5227. Or, just go and sign up! Our apps are free to download and use, so visit the iOS App Store or Google Play and get the app!

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