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Organizing Your Medical Records - Topic Overview

Use your computer

Use any software program you're comfortable with, or get software specifically for personal medical records.

Another option is to store your health records on a secure Internet site. Your health plan or hospital may have one that you can use for free.

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 record systems. Go to

What records should you have?

Your medical records should include:

  • Current health information.
  • Your medical history.
  • Records of recent insurance claims and payments. Experts advise keeping these for up to 5 years after the service date. But if they're related to your tax returns, keep them for 7 years, along with those tax returns.
  • A copy of your advance directive, including a living will and power of attorney.

Current health information

Current health information includes:

Your medical history

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