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How do you access your medical records online for free?

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Medical records can be accessed online at no cost through health care providers that offer this service to their patients. As Jan. 1, 2014 all health care providers must demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health care records, but are not required to offer patients online access to their records.

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Check with your health care professional to see if she offers this online service. For example, Beaumont Health Systems, headquartered in Michigan, offers its patients online access to medical records through its service, myBeaumontChart, as of 2015. This service allows you to schedule or cancel appointments, view your medical records and test results, view your medication list, request medication refills, and send secure messages to your physician and her staff. To use this service, go to the myBeaumontChart website and sign-up to use the site with the access code provided to you by your Beaumont health care provider. If you did not receive an access code from your health care provider, click Request an Access Code to receive one.

Broward Health, located in Florida, also has an online portal by which patients can view their electronic medical records. This online system, called MyHealth, covers all Broward Health hospitals, and you may ask for an email invitation activating your account when you register for your hospital stay. Both myBeaumontChart and MyHealth are free services.

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