If possible include:
- A copy of your
advance directive, including a
living will and
power of attorney.
- Your pharmacy name and
- The poison control phone number (1-800-222-1222).
of insurance claims and payments.
- Written notes from your doctors
or doctor visits.
- Anything else about your health that you think
How to get started and store your medical information
Get a copy of your health records from your family doctor and anywhere
you've received health care. To get started, call your family doctor and ask
for your records, or wait until your next visit. Ask your doctor if he or she
can help you make a personal health record. Your family doctor also may be able
to help you find other places where you may have medical records, such as at a
You may need to sign an "authorization for the release of information"
form. You may need to complete this form for every facility that you request
You also may be asked to pay for copies of your
records and the time it takes to make copies. You also may be charged for
mailing fees. Ask how long it will take to receive your copies.
After you have your information, you need to organize it. Here are some
- Use a 3-ring binder or wire-bound notebook
with dividers for each member of the family. If you get a notebook with
pockets, you can keep test results and other health papers in these pockets.
- Create a file on your computer with your information. Create
the file in any software program you feel comfortable using.
software that creates a personal health record.
- Store your health
records on a secure Internet site. Your health plan or hospital may have one.
The American Health Information Management Association
(AHIMA) sponsors an Internet site where you can search for paper-based,
software-based, and Internet-based personal health records. Go to