Personal Medical Records
You Need to Have on Hand
You may think that getting personal medical records is difficult, but it is not.
And it is not difficult to obtain your elderly loved one's records either. You just need to know how to do it.
Your medical records, in paper form or in the form of online medical records, are YOURS. They do not belong to the doctor, hospital or lab.
The HIPPA Act, the one you sign on when you visit a new doctor, lab or pharmacy, states exactly that.
But when HIPPA first came out and education was completed for everyone in the health care field, it sometimes wasn't clear to employees that the only person who has the right to those records without your consent is YOU.
You will have to sign a release at every facility or company and if you are obtaining personal medical records for your elderly loved one, they will have to sign a release as well. Once that release is on file, you should have no problem getting a hard copy of all of their records.
Now that you can get them ...
Which ones do you need?
I would recommend using a file system that is enclosed, like the ones to the right, for each individual family member.
Label the dividers clearly and make sure to take it to all doctor's appointments to update the information at the time changes are made.
Use a separate folder for each elderly person you are responsible for and include all of their personal medical record.
Important information to have includes:
Obtaining your elderly loved one's personal medical records may be time consuming at first, but it is vitally important to assure that, in the case of an emergency, you are able to provide the medical providers with accurate and up to date information.
Have the files in a place you can easily get to them and just grab and go.
Once you have the system set up, keeping the copies of their personal medical records up to date is the next step.
Any time there is a medication change, or even a dosage change, make sure to update your files.
The pharmacy can also give you a print out of all medications a person in on, which may make the situation a little easier.
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