There are many reasons why you may need to get a copy of your medical records. The federal Health Information Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPPA, gives you the right to access medical records from any medical provider.
In addition, you may also request and receive the medical records of someone else if you are a designated representative. For the most part, parents and legal guardians can obtain their children’s medical records upon request.
If you are representing an estate, you may obtain the medical records of a deceased person. Also, if you are related to a person and information in their file relates to your own health, you may request records.
HIPPA requires medical providers to make records available to you within thirty days of your request.