How to Request Your Stony Brook Hospital Medical Records

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How to Request Your Stony Brook Hospital Medical Records

Seeing a specialist, changing physicians, or even having a complete record in your possession are all valid reasons to obtain access to your records. It's your health, take control over your records. DoNotPay can show you how.

HIPAA and Your Right to Access Health Information

You, as the patient, have rights that every medical professional is required to follow. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) has your privacy covered. You can expect to have the right to:

  • Privacy
  • Your medical records
  • A second opinion
  • Respect
  • Knowledge of procedures, and much more

Under the HIPAA restrictions, you have the right to request, in any form, a copy of anything that is attached to your medical records. You also have the right to keep this information from anyone who is not on your specified list of individuals who can see the information.

allows access to your medical records in a variety of ways. They also protect your identity, safeguard your information, and only disclose relevant information to providers working directly with you. HIPAA and Stony Brook protect your records and rights.

How to Get Copies of Your Medical Records From Stony Brook University Hospital

When you are in an appointment it is easy to request your records in person from the physician you are seeing. Requesting records from hospital stays, testing, and lab results may prove to be a bit more difficult. Luckily, DoNotPay can walk you through how to start the process.

Electronic Medical Records

You have the opportunity to log into a portal that will give you complete access to any medical records stored in the hospital's medical file. Here's how to get started with the patient portal:

  1. Visit the Patient Portal sign-up page and choose the location
  2. Fill out the personal information
  3. Verify your email address
  4. Once you have access to the app you can begin adding providers and searching for your records

Mail-in Your Request for Records

You can fill out a form to request both your hospital records and physician records and send them to the address listed at the top of the downloaded form. You will also have to print and send an authorization for release.

Take care when choosing the form to fill out, one is for a personal request and the other for a third party (parent or authorized medical proxy) to request the paperwork. Once received it will be printed off and shipped to your mailing address.

Request Medical Records Over the Phone

Sometimes specialized circumstances arise, and you need to speak with someone about how to proceed with the release of medical records. To obtain deceased relatives' records you will need to provide the death certificate before records can be released. To speak with someone to guide you through requesting medical records, call the mainline: (631) 689-8333 and request to speak with the medical records department during normal business hours.

Stony Brook Hospital Contact Details

Stony Brook Medicine
Address101 Nicolls Road

Stony Brook, NY 11794

Contact Number(631) 689-8333
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital
Address240 Meeting House Lane

Southampton, NY 11968

Contact Number(631) 726-8200

For a full list of locations and contact details, visit Locations and Contact | Stony Brook Medicine.

Why Might You Need Copies of Your Medical Records?

Requesting your medical records is never a bad thing. You may just want to keep your own physical records as you journey through your medical problems, especially if you have chronic conditions. You also might have the forethought to keep up-to-date records in case you find yourself suddenly without a primary care physician.

Traveling abroad with medical conditions is another good reason to keep track of your records. Physicians can easily avoid deadly mistakes if you can provide them copies of your medical history quickly if something should happen while you travel.

A not-so-great reason to request records is to provide them to a lawyer during a lawsuit. Most likely your lawyer will have you sign the forms in their office and request the records they need access to for you. There are many other reasons to have complete and quick access to your records, just know it is your right.

How Much Does It Cost to Obtain Medical Records?

One thing most people don't think about is the cost of receiving medical records. The hospital still has to pay for the printing and manpower to produce electronic and paper records! The average cost to receive your records is about a dollar per page with each additional page ten cents or more. Each hospital will set its own rates, but they have to be under New York State's maximum costs: $100 per request.

How to Request Medical Records Using DoNotPay

Getting your records should be easy. If you find it is more a hassle to try and get them than they are worth, let DoNotPay do it for you.

Here’s what you should do:

  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.

That's all. Just sit back and wait for your copies.

Can DoNotPay Help Me With Other Medical Records Issues?

Getting your medical records is just a starting point of what you can accomplish by using DoNotPay. Take a look at these other medical record-related issues that DoNotPay has successfully navigated now and in the past.

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