OK~ I was on a mission today, to collect my medical records from 5 different medical offices. Sounds fairly simple, right? Well, it actually was. But, I truly question how all of this works. Yesterday I called these offices to ask them if they could have my records ready for this afternoon- they kindly said they sure would. Lesson learned here: At 1 out of 5 offices - I was asked for my identification. And it just so happens that the one that asked me for my identification had prepared medical records for me that belonged to someone else! I kindly obliged and said I would stop back later and pick MY MEDICAL RECORDS up.
I am now thinking about this. Do you know how easy it would be someone to steal your identity through your medical records? From my personal experience today, I would say it is fairly easy. All someone would have had to do is sign your name on the form and date the form, which I did. I thanked the gentleman that asked me for my identification- he was the ONLY one that did. I'm thinking there needs to be some new thinking on all of these supposedly "PRIVACY" papers that we have to sign at our Doctor offices. How about documentation of some sort of identification if your medical records are picked up by the patient? I suppose there's probably some sort of privacy violation if they would have requested a copy of my identification (Driver's License)- I would not have objected, as this would be a deterrent for someone wanting to steal my Medical Records. To the best of my knowledge, my medical records are mine, and not anybody else's! My mind is racing.....UGGHHHH....After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?