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How can you locate hospital records online?

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Locating hospital records online requires visiting the website of the hospital holding personal hospital records and submitting a record request form. Hospital websites commonly have a page devoted to ordering medical records.

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Obtaining medical records online usually requires filling out a detailed authorization form such as the Authorization for Release of Protected Health Information form provided at UCLA Health. The authorization form officially gives the hospital permission to release personal health records to the individual, or organization, listed on the form. Medical records release forms typically include options for receiving specific medical information such as laboratory reports, test results, billing statements and discharge summaries. Patients should request the release of information that is most useful, and records such as a list of medications might need to be requested under the "other" category. Medical record categories include general medical and mental health.

Specify a preferred date for receiving the medical records, and be sure to check boxes indicating the purpose for the release. Medical records release forms commonly include legal information pertaining to a person's rights regarding the authorization of access to this information. The forms might include a time period when authorization expires, and allow the requester to provide an expiration date. The hospital patient, or patient representative, must sign and date the authorization form.

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