My husband and I are moving to a vacation home we have in another state. My husband just retired and we are excited for a new scene. Fortunately, we are renting our old house to our sons and so don’t have to move out all our stuff right away. My question is about health care. All the data is online now. Do I have to get paper copies of my medical files (I think it would be about 1,000 pages)? Can my new providers access the information online? I’ve been with the same doctors for so many years. Nobody, it seems, is using paper anymore. How does this get handled?
You will have to check with your providers.
If you’re lucky, they may have similar “MyChart” systems, which may do electronically to new providers.
I suggest paper copies of your current RX in case they can’t transfer them at pharmacy.
I’m mid-move between states … but haven’t left the providers in my original state because I’m having trouble finding an endo in the new state that I like.
Do you have new providers already? If not, have you contacted your secondary insurance (assuming Medicare is primary) to find out who they will cover in the new state?
But, in terms of records, my guess is that they CAN’T simply access your original records due to network security concerns, but that you can request that all of your records be sent to the new provider. Many facilities can send those electronically as a set of PDFs.
For my dog, who gets better medical care than I, the old vet had no problem emailing all records to the new vet …
I expect that in many locales, electronic export and transfer of records is possible.
Best of luck in your new state!
@Michelle43 many online access portals for medical care will actually let you download an e-copy of your records, complete with x-rays, lab tests, etc… Place the records if available on a thumb drive for easy portability.
If you know what the relevant stuff is, you could request paper copies of that stuff. But, they will charge you, per page. You can always request and have access to your medical records. The last time I did that was around 2001.
Its part of HIPPA that they are supposed to be able to access that stuff electronically. But, your supposed to call the old provider, tell them who the new provider is, request that the records be shared/transfered, and then sign a release of information so the old provider has the legal right to share/transfer the records with the new provider.
The problem with having 1,000 pages of records is that the new provider isn’t gonna read that and they can’t find anything important. So, transfer of care is a good opportunity for cleaning out the file.
Congrats on your new home!
I’ve only been T1 for 38 years but I think I’ve figured out a few things about transitioning between docs and practices.
I don’t think there’s any value at all to getting thousands of pages of old paper charts.
There will be some value in bringing your very latest labs as a printout.
There will be a lot of value in bringing a printed list of all your current prescriptions.
Many times the items above are already being printed by your current docs and given to you at each visit. If not you can log onto a patient portal and print them.
There may be some very specific radiography/X-rays where specialists will want the old digital images and/or sheet film to be compared to new medical imaging. If so you’ve probably already given these to carry around to your specialists.
Your new docs will ask you about your medical history, especially current prescriptions, and with a few exceptions they will just believe you.