Easy access to your health records puts you in control of decisions regarding your health and well-being. You can monitor conditions better, understand and stay on track with treatment plans, and find and fix errors. The resources and videos below will help you understand your rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, (the federal law called HIPAA) and show how you can work with your providers to get, check, and use your health information.
Patient Access Videos
You have the right to see your health records, get a copy of the information, and have it sent to a specialist or other third party you choose. Watch these short videos to learn more about your health records and your rights.
Video: Your Rights
This video introduces your rights provided by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Watch to learn about the information in your electronic health record and how you can get it, share it with others and use it to take charge of your health. (3:27)
Video: Fees & Timing
Meet Hannah. Before moving across the country, Hannah meets with her doctor to ask for a copy of her records. Watch this video to learn about associated fees, forms, and the time it may take for Hannah to get a copy of her records. (5:14)
Video: Third Parties
Martin would like to share the health information in his EHR with a heart health application on his smartphone. Watch this video to find out more about the right to get access to your information using a third party, including an application on your mobile phone. (3:16)
More Patient Access Resources for Individuals
These online resources can help you learn more about how to get, check, and use your health records.