A Right to Access (RTA) is a form that you can fill out that will permit access to specific parts of your medical record to whomever you deem appropriate.
The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) is in place to protect your health information and restricts access to your health information unless you have otherwise given consent. In only very specific instances can we release any information to anyone without your consent. The Right to Access form is for you to give written consent to specific people to access certain areas of your health information.
The Right to Access will be kept here, on file electronically, until you determine it’s no longer valid.
You do not have to give access to everything. There are a variety of levels of authorization such as allowing someone else to be aware of your medical appointments or your lab results. Or you may choose to give full level access, the choice is yours.
Many times this form is used between spouses and family members. For example, without a RTA, our staff cannot disclose your appointment time/date to your spouse if we are trying to contact you. Another common use is for an RTA to be in place between adult children and their elderly patients.
Please request a copy of our Right to Access form to review your options or fill one out to have on file.