Know your rights. It is your right under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to see and get copies of your health information, or share it with a third party, such as a family member, other doctors, or even to a mobile app. Learn more about your right to your health information.
Check your online patient portal. Some of your health information may be available online through your patient portal, a secure website through your doctor’s office or health system. Using a secure username and password, you can login anytime and view some of your health information such as:
- Recent doctor visits
- Discharge summaries
- Lab and test results
Your patient portal may allow you to download this information or share it with others. You may have multiple patient portals for all the places where you receive care such as your primary care physician, a hospital, your specialists, your pharmacy, laboratories, and your insurance provider. Think about the information that you want to help you figure out where to look for the health information you need.
Your patient portal may have other helpful features like online prescription refills, secure messaging with your doctor, and online appointment scheduling. Learn more about patient portals and how they can help you.
Learn how to get, check, and use your records. If the health information you need is not available through a patient portal, you can request it from the doctor’s office. Visit the Guide to Getting & Using Your Health Records for practical tips to help you access, review, and make the most of your health records.