Protect your medical information and privacy
Medical records are created when you are treated by a medical provider. Records include medical history, lifestyle details (e.g., smoking), family medical history, lab test results, prescribed medications, and reports on operations and medical procedures. Information on applications for disability, life or accidental insurance can also become part of your file. They can be used for decisions about insurance, life-insurance, employment opportunities, and government benefits.
Who Can See It?
- Doctors and health care providers can see it. Your information can also be given to
- Direct marketers eager to market to you
- Companies like IntelliScript or MedPoint that sell your prescription drug purchase history
What Can You Do About It?
- Monitor your credit reports to identify reports of medical debts to ensure they are accurate, and make sure someone did not access and use your identity.
- Request a copy of your MedPoint report by calling (888) 206-0335, and get your IntelliScript reports calling (877) 211-4816 or visiting them online.
- If you receive treatment in a federal facility, request your records from your provider to ensure they are accurate. Check notices from your provider to get copies of your records.
- Get a free copy of your Medical Information Bureau (MIB) report by calling (866) 692-6901, and then verify its accuracy. (The MIB is a medical information center with information on 15 million Americans and Canadians. About 600 insurance companies use the MIB to get information about life insurance and health insurance applicants.)
Privacy Protection Tips
- Ask your doctor if your records can be accessed from outside the office. If so, ask why. Before the office sends your records to someone like an insurance company, ask to check for accuracy.