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Access to health records: practices

Your rights

Under law, you have the following rights relating to your health record:

  • A health care provider, or a person who gets health records from a provider, must have your signed and dated consent to release your health record, except for specific reasons in the law.
  • You can see your health record for information about any diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
  • You can ask, in writing, for a copy or summary of your health record, which must be promptly given to you.
  • You must be given a copy or a summary of your health record unless it would be detrimental to your physical or mental health or cause you to harm another.
  • You cannot be charged if you request a copy of your health record to review your current care.
  • If you request a copy of your health record and it does not include your current care, you can only be charged the maximum amount set by Minnesota law for copying your record.

Requesting records

To request copies of your medical record, please contact Regions Hospital Release of Information at 651-254-2468. Copies of your medical record are usually provided after discharge to ensure the record is complete. Maximum fees for processing and copying medical records are set by Minnesota law.

Authorization Form for Release of Protected Information

If you would like additional information or links to specific laws, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health.