How to Access Huntington Hospital Medical Records
Whether you know it or not, you have the right to access your personal medical records. There are a number of reasons to do so, including making future plans with family members, switching doctors, or seeking specialized health care. DoNotPay strongly suggests everyone request their own records. It's not always easy to , however.
|Why Would I Want My Medical Records?
|There are several reasons why you would want a copy of your personal medical history. According to Datafied, these reasons include but may not be limited to:
Registering for school
Planning to take a vacation abroad
Compiling a family medical history
Filing an illness-related lawsuit
Most schools require proof of immunization at the time of registration. Having this documentation on hand makes it easier to register yourself or your child for school. When you travel to foreign countries, a copy of your health records will be useful in the case of a medical emergency.
When disease runs in the family, it can be helpful to have family members' accurate medical records on hand in lieu of relying on memory. Medical records can also facilitate claims of medical malpractice. Lastly, a complete medical history can help a new-to-you doctor get to know you.
|How Long do Hospitals Keep Medical Records?
|The California Medical Association (CMA) and the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP) recommend that medical records be retained for a minimum amount of 10 years after the patient was last seen.
Why are Medical Records Important?
The keeping of accurate medical records is crucial for several reasons. Whether kept in old-school paper files or retained as Electronic Health Records (EHR) medical records keep track of every aspect of a particular patient's health issues and treatment plans, according to Charter College.
Medical records that are kept by Huntington Hospital or any other healthcare facility help to refresh the memory of doctors and nurses, especially before a patient visit. Records provide basic patient information and can spare the patient from repeating the same story to every doctor in attendance.
What Kind of Info is Contained in Medical Records?
- Doctor's diagnoses
- Handwritten doctor, nurse, and therapist notes
- Lab test results
- Medication allergies
- Medications prescribed to the patient
- Patient symptoms
- Signed patient consent forms
What is Huntington Hospital?
Sitting at 100 W. California Blvd. in central Pasadena, California, Huntington Hospital offers a full range of medical services and boasts the largest emergency department in the San Gabriel Valley.
was founded in 1892. Today, the 625-bed, not-for-profit facility offers residency programs in general surgery and internal medicine. As of August 2021, Huntington Hospital is affiliated with the Cedars-Sinai Health System.
Huntington Hospital provides first-class care in dozens of departments, including:
- Bariatric weight loss surgery
- Cardiac Catheterization Lab
- Colorectal cancer program
- Exer urgent care
- Joint replacement surgery
- Neonatal ICU
- Labor and delivery
- Nutrition counseling
- Ostomy clinic
- Outpatient rehabilitation
- Radiation oncology
- Stroke center
How to Request Your Medical Records from Huntington Hospital
Persons seeking their own medical records are invited to visit the Medical Records and Decedent Affairs office on the first floor of the Wingate Building at 734 S. Fairmount Avenue in Pasadena. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For driving directions and additional information, call (626) 397-5054.
If Huntington Hospital refuses you access to your medical records, you can file a complaint at the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services. For further information about how to file a complaint, call 1-800-368-1019 or send your written complaint via email to OCRMail@hhs.gov.
DoNotPay Makes it Easy to Request Medical Records from Huntington Hospital or Anywhere
DoNotPay takes the trouble out of all sorts of everyday tasks, including requesting your personal medical records. Here's how easy it is:
- Look up medical records on DoNotPay’s website.
- Enter the name of the health care provider you’d like to receive medical records from.
- Answer a few questions about your provider and where you’d like to send the records.
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