Patient Access Information for Individuals: Get it, Check it, Use it!

Easy access to your health records puts you in control of decisions regarding your health and well-being. You can monitor your health conditions better, understand and stay on track with treatment plans, and find and fix errors in your record. The resources and videos below will help you understand your rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will show you how to work with your providers to get, check, and use your health information.

Patient Access Videos

You have the right to see your health records, get a copy of the information, and have it sent to a specialist or other third party you choose. Watch these short videos to learn more about your health records and your rights.

Video: Your Rights

This video introduces your rights under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Watch to learn about the information in your electronic health record (EHR) and how you can get it, share it with others, and use it to take charge of your health. (3:27)


Video: Fees & Timing

Meet Hannah. Before moving across the country, Hannah meets with her doctor to ask for a copy of her records. Watch this video to learn about associated fees, forms, and the time it may take for Hannah to get a copy of her records. (5:14)


Video: Third Parties

Martin would like to share the health information in his EHR with a heart health application on his smartphone. Watch this video to find out more about the right to get access to your information using a third party, including an application on your mobile phone. (3:16)



Get it. Check it. Use it. This infographic explains your health information rights, how to share your health information, and how to protect it.

Learn more about your important rights under HIPAA and how your health information must be kept private and secure.

Having access to your health information is a powerful tool for staying healthy. Learn from the Office for Civil Rights how to Get it. Check it. Use it.

More Patient Access Resources for Individuals

These online resources can help you learn more about how to get, check, and use your health records.

Content last reviewed on September 24, 2019