How to Request Henry Ford Medical Records

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How Can I Find My Henry Ford Medical Records

Obtaining your from Henry Ford should be a simple process, however, it usually isn't. There are many reasons patients struggle to access their information but there are a few that happen over and over again. They include

Interoperability is crucial for patients to access the records that are available to them. Interoperability refers to the way computers talk to each other and exchange information. Healthcare systems all across the country must be able to fluidly exchange information and documents for patients to be able to seamlessly access their medical records.

Vague security protocols are the most annoying of all blocks to a patient's medical records. They seem to be nonsensical and often are not explainable by the people who enforce them. Typically outdated, arcane relics of past systems, DoNotPay has torn down many of these silly requirements to help patients gain access to their records.

Underused patient portals are a significant reason people can't access their healthcare records. This is commonly caused by a misunderstanding of the Internet. Many patients are simply not equipped to access their portals or they don't understand how to use them. They may also have trouble accessing the Internet in general. These patients are most often in search of paper copies of their medical records.

Still, getting your medical records from somewhere as prestigious as should be much easier. Once again, it usually isn't. Fortunately, DoNotPay has an easy way to circumvent all the red tape in the healthcare administration world.

HIPAA and Your Right to Access Health Information

HIPPA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, made it a crime against federal law to share sensitive patient information without consent. It consists of a series of regulatory standards that set forth the lawful use and release of PHI or protected health info. Compliance with these laws is regulated by the Health and Human Services Department.

HIPPA specifically outlines the ability of patients to access medical records about themselves with mandate 45 CFR § 164.524, but there are still many issues, such as facilities charging patients to access their records, that make it next to impossible to receive the documentation necessary.

Why Would Someone Need Copies of Their Medical Records

You have a right to view and keep copies of your medical records, no matter where you were treated. There are a plethora of reasons that you may want to do this, including

  1. Family medical history compilation
  2. Moving to another state
  3. Seeing a new specialist
  4. Unhappy with current physician

No matter the reason, it's your right to obtain these documents. DoNotPay has a proven system to help patients retain their medical records when issues arise. No one should be kept in the dark about what their health reports say.

What Types of Medical Records are Restricted from Being Released

In some situations, HIPPA calls for certain information to be redacted from medical records before it is given to the public. This is particularly true when dealing with data that relates to third parties or that could bring significant harm to the parties involved if divulged, such as

  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Mental illnesses
  • Drug and alcohol treatments

When speaking of a person's records, nothing is typically redacted unless there is no distinction made within the company about who is requesting the records.

How to Request Medical Records from Henry Ford Yourself

Henry Ford Health System offers a fairly easy way to get your medical records online. They have a patient portal that allows you to request copies of your own records and have them processed and uploaded to your account in the portal, MyChart.

There is typically not a problem accessing medical records through their portal, however, sometimes issues arise. Most often, it happens when you ask for a family member or friend to gain access to your records. Luckily, DoNotPay has a solution for every excuse they try to hand you.

Medical records can be released to the patient or anyone that the patient authorizes by completing the Patient Information Release Authorization. It may take 7-10 business days to process your request.

  1. The authorization MUST contain the following information, or the request will be returned:
  2. Patient's full name, date of birth, address, phone number (list any other names the patient may have had)
  3. To whom the information is to be sent (name and address)
  4. Specific information being requested (e.g., location of treatment, provider name, type of report/information and dates of service, etc.)
  5. Signature of the patient or the patient's legal representative. Authorizations signed by a representative must contain a copy of the guardianship papers or power of attorney
  6. Date of the signature

You can send the completed and signed authorization to the Henry Ford Health Information Department:

AddressHenry Ford Health Information Department

1414 E Maple Road

Troy, MI 48083

EmailHFHSMedicalRecords@hfhs.org
Fax(313) 916-3917
Henry Ford Health System:(313) 916-4540
Henry Ford Allegiance Health:(517) 205-4936

How to Request Medical Records Using DoNotPay.

DoNotPay has been asked for many years to help people get the medical records that they've been denied. We know how to write your health care provider a simple, clear, and effective letter that will get your legally-guaranteed health records for you in no time.

  1. Look up medical records on DoNotPay's website.

  2. Enter the name of the health care provider you'd like to receive medical records from.

  3. Answer a few questions about your provider and where you'd like to send the records.

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