What is in your healthcare record and how your health information is used helps you to: ensure its accuracy, better understand who, what, when, where, and why others may access your health information, and for you to make better informed decisions when authorizing disclosure to others.
Each time you visit our office a record of your visit is made. This record contains your symptoms, examination and test results, diagnoses, treatment, and a plan for future care or treatment. This information, referred to as your health or medical record may be used by our practice as follows:
- A basis for planning your care and treatment
- A means of communication among health professionals who contribute to your care. We may need to transmit PHI over an unsecured medium, such as the internet, or text message when deemed necessary by the healthcare provider.
- A legal document describing the care we provided to you
- A record that you or a third-party payer can verify services billed were actually provided
- A tool in educating heath professionals
- A source of data for medical research
- A source of information for public health officials charged with improving the health of this county, state and the nation
- A tool which we can assess and continually work to improve the care we render and the outcomes we achieve
- To provide you with information on additional treatment alternatives and other health related benefits
- We may use your information for appointment reminders as defined by the “Consent” page