We’ve all seen a provider type out our health updates or perhaps, in another time, flip through a clipboard. If you’re curious about their notes and how to access them, you’ve come to the right place.
First, let’s discuss what those notes might be referred to in the medical field. You’ve probably heard someone mention your medical record or chart and wondered about the difference. Several terms are used interchangeably to reference what is basically a document of notes containing information about your health. Your medical record logs data like:
What Are Medical Records Used For?
Your medical record contains important information that impacts your health journey. It’s a useful document for your provider but you can also benefit from keeping track of it. Here are ways your medical record is used to support you:
- During appointments your record is used to track changes since your last visit. For example, fluctuations in blood pressure, heart rate, or weight may indicate a new course of action is needed to maintain your health.
- Between visits you may reference your record to account for data you collect with monitoring devices. For example, you may track your heart rate during exercise for optimal performance.
- Your record may also serve as a reminder of instructions you’ve received. For example, if your provider recommended you lower your cholesterol, they may leave actionable steps for doing so in their notes.
How Do I Get My Medical Record?
Your health is yours and so is your record. Having access to your information can help you make informed decisions as you take back your health. Here are ways to request a record:
If you’re interested in seeking care at Schneck but you’ve worked with providers elsewhere, don’t forget to release your record so it can be fully reviewed when you visit us.