Have you had a recent visit to an urgent care facility or to a specialist, but want to ensure your primary care provider is kept in the loop? Having regular access to your medical records can help you better manage your health symptoms. Patients who have access to their health information may encourage further coordination with their doctors by:

  • Ensuring urgent care and all other providers are updated with any new or updated health information
  • Identifying and correcting wrong or missing health information
  • Identifying and correcting incorrect billing information
  • Tracking and monitoring their own health

HIPAA regulations currently allow health care providers such as doctors, nurses, hospitals, and laboratories to share a patient’s medical information. This information may include:

  • X-rays
  • Laboratory and pathology reports
  • Diagnoses
  • Additional medical information relating to treatment

The exchange of medical information between health care providers not only allows your health care provider to be educated on what treatment you’ve already received, but also better informs them on how to continue your treatment. Providing your previous medical information may help your current health care provider by avoiding duplication of testing and medication errors.

Should you choose to share your medical information with your health care provider, you may consider including:

  • Names and phone numbers of your health care providers
  • Insurance information and identification, including policy number and phone number
  • Emergency contact information
  • And allergies you may have
  • A list of recent and past surgeries or hospitalizations.

If you have visited a Patient First center recently and would like to view or share your medical records, you may access them online through our  patient portal.


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