How to Get a Copy of Your Kern Medical Center Medical Records

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Easily Access and Transfer Your Kern Medical Center Medical Records

Many different situations might cause you to need a copy of your medical records, such as preparing for an emergency or switching to a new doctor's office. Accessing your Kern Medical Center medical records can be a frustrating process, in which you either need to call or send a letter to the hospital with your request. Thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, you have the right to ask for these records at any time.

When you need to get a copy of your medical records, DoNotPay can help you do so easily. Here's what you should know about requesting records from .

What Are the Restrictions on Releasing Medical Records

If you're requesting your medical records, your right to access those records is established. However, if you're requesting records on behalf of someone else, you may run into restrictions. If you are requesting records for another adult, you may need to have medical power of attorney to do so. If you have medical power of attorney, you have the same rights to see the patient's medical records as the patient does.

California law makes things a bit more complicated if you are a parent or guardian requesting records for a child aged 12-17. California gives older children the right to privacy regarding sensitive medical issues, so you may need the child's written permission to request certain medical records. Care that requires a minor's permission to share with parents includes

  • Contraception
  • Pregnancy-related care
  • STI testing and treatment
  • Drug and alcohol abuse counseling

If you're looking for records that include this information, you'll need the minor's written permission. If the child is younger than 12, you should automatically be treated as a representative and have access to the child's medical records.

How To Request Your Records From Kern Medical Center

There are a few different ways to contact to request your medical records. You might also benefit from signing up for Kern's online patient portal.

Patient Portal

If you need to access a specific test result, signing up for Kern Medical's online patient portal is free and usually a faster way to access that information than requesting your full medical records. You can sign up online here. You'll need to provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • Either your email address or the last four digits of your Social Security number for verification

Medical Records

There are three ways to contact Kern to request your medical records.

By phone661-326-2000
By mail1700 Mount Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93306
The online form

If you send a letter, make sure to include the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Your address
  3. Patient ID number
  4. The dates you were treated at Kern
  5. Which specific records do you want (e.g., your complete record, test results, doctors' notes, etc.)
  6. Where you want the records sent

If you call, you'll need the same information, but you'll be able to discuss which records you're looking for directly with the staff member. If you live near Kern, scheduling a time to pick up your records in person may be quicker than waiting to have them mailed to you.

Easily Request Copies of Your Kern Medical Records With DoNotPay

Requesting your medical records can be confusing. Most hospitals and healthcare providers don't have a set process, so you'll need to contact the provider to request them. Doing this can be time-consuming since you'll need to look up contact information and make sure your request is worded clearly. Fortunately, DoNotPay has a fast, easy and successful solution. Requesting your medical records with DoNotPay is convenient and saves you time and energy. Easily request records from multiple providers from one place.

How to Request Medical Records Using DoNotPay

DoNotPay knows exactly what medical records requests need to include and how they should be worded to inform your healthcare provider that you are exercising your legal right to access your records so that you'll receive those records quickly.

  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.

DoNotPay Works Across All Companies and Hospitals

DoNotPay can help you request medical records from any hospital or doctor's office where you've received care. We also have plenty of information about your rights and the process involved in getting copies of your medical records, so you can easily:

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To easily request a copy of your records from Kern Medical Center, contact DoNotPay now.

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