How to Keep Your Own Health Records
by Elizabeth Battaglino, Co-Founder, Women's Health Expert, RN
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Although many doctors and other health care providers keep complete health records for you, it's also important to create and maintain your own records, in case you're in a situation where that information is needed quickly.
Electronic health records (EHR) are taking the place of paper charts, because they allow for a more streamlined and efficient practice and can be easily shared with other clinicians. These records include comprehensive and important information about things like immunization dates, administrative and billing data, allergies, medications, surgeries, illnesses and conditions you've had or currently have, and reports on imaging, lab results and other tests. Read more