How to Request OU Medical Records
Are you interested in retrieving your ? The good news is that the law is on your side — meaning you have every right to access your medical records for whatever reason you desire. The bad news is that it can be a long and challenging journey to locate where and how to get your hands on a copy (electronic copies are preferable).
With a release form, you can request your medical records on your own and encounter some of these problems, OR you can let DoNotPay do all the hard work for you. Not only will our Request Medical Records product get you your University of Oklahoma Medical Center records, but we can also retrieve records from Kaiser, Mercy, Baptist, and Cleveland Clinic.
Here's everything you need to know.
Reasons You May Need Your OU Medical Records
It may not seem necessary for everyone to request their medical records at first, but it can really be useful for several reasons. To name a few, the following reasons are often why you may need your :
- For your child
- To transfer to a new doctor (for personal reasons or due to your doctor's upcoming retirement)
- To transfer to digital for personal use
- Prevent duplicate procedures by having records on hand for multiple doctors
- To have on hand for relatives or your power of attorney
Note, however, that how long your medical records are kept will vary from hospital to hospital. For the state of Oklahoma, hospitals are required to keep your health records for at least five years following treatment or until you turn 21.
Can Medical Records be Released Without Patient Consent?
For the most part, no. Medical records cannot be released without a patient's written consent. However, these four exceptions allow medical record access without consent:
- A coroner's investigation
- Court litigations
- Notifying the public health department about an infectious disease
- Reporting gunshot and knife wounds
On the other hand, hospitals will need your consent for medical records for most other reasons. For this reason, you should always be prepared to show proper documentation to prove your identity and consent to a release. Documents often include:
- Social security number
- Your full legal name
- Your date of birth
- Contact information (email, phone number, address, etc.)
Then, you'll need to include a written statement including the records you're requesting and how you would like to receive them — in person, email, direct mail, etc.
How to Request Medical Records From OU?
Requesting your medical records from any hospital will differ from place to place. There's not always a set-and-stone person to contact for your request, making it time-consuming and stressful to get your hands on your own health records.
With that being said, it can be done in one of four ways:
|Through Their Website||Patient Portal Login | OU Health|
|In-Person||1200 Children's Ave., Suite B300, Oklahoma City, OK 73104|
|Over the Phone||(405) 271-2374|
The problems that can occur with these methods, however, include longer wait times and difficulty reaching the right person.
Online portals run the risk of malfunctioning if the website experiences any glitches or other problems. In-person visits can have long wait times if staff members are busy. Moreover, there's no great way to ensure recipients receive your email, and phone calls often involve several transfers.
Requesting Your OU Medical Records With DoNotPay
Skip the hassle of figuring out how to get your medical records or who to contact for them, and be put on a waiting list until they're ready to hand over your records. DoNotPay can take the small personal details you provide and do the rest of the research for you.
This way, you get access to health records quicker without spending most of your time talking to several workers at your hospital. After all, it's not always clear who you should contact, so it can take a lot of time.
Steps You'll Need to Take
- 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.
Other Ways DoNotPay Can Assist You
DoNotPay can do more for you than just retrieving your . Our platform can access records from other hospitals or doctor's offices and even help with a completely unrelated task.
Do you need assistance with your birth certificate? Or maybe with a family member's death certificate? Need to change your mailing address after a big move? DoNotPay can help with it all. You may even find some missing money if you use DoNotPay's platform to search the internet for you.
DoNotPay is here to automate the hard work you don't have time to complete. The more tasks you allow us to do for you, the easier life will be!