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Every American patient has a legal right to access their own medical records. The federal law is called “HIPAA”(Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) which is United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information. How to navigate HIPAA is described here in laymen’s terms. ...


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I would recommend keeping those old results around for at least a few years, since it isn't usually a big problem to do so. Having old records around to compare results to might be beneficial. In many countries, medical professionals or labs might be required by law to keep your records around and hand those results over to you or any doctor you authorize ...


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Using these "visuals" is mostly a way for you to better understand and present the situation and condition of the patient. These preparations should help you to have everything ready and accessible when asked for by your doctor. The first problem with these pictures is indeed that they are a first draw and that they might get streamlined into a cleaner ...


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Not sure if this is what you are after but there is the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO). The current one is ICD-10 http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/icdonlineversions/en/


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In many cases they do reflect the actual diagnosis. It depends on the disease in question. eMerge network work on validation is for example here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3715338. In that study, they used ICD-based definitions but also other available data. Similar work in diabetes mellitus diagnosis is also published (https://www.ncbi....


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Keep them throughout your life and bequeath them to your children. This answer is not as extreme as it sounds, since it's a cost/benefit analysis. The cost side When you get blood test results - if it's in writing, scan them (these days you can even do this with your phone and apps like camScanner) and save them as a file per page. If you get them online -...


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If you are in the US, doctors can access your medical records in an emergency in order to render appropriate care: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your protected health information, or information that relates to your health or health care you have ...


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Let's assume or pretend for a moment that a system such as the one you suggest exists. I see two immediate problems, both related to medical privacy: your doctor is not necessarily your mother or grandfather's doctor. Why should a doctor be able to look at the medical records of someone they're not treating? Have your family members all consented to let any ...


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TL;DR: Yes, but it's extremely rare and I could only find one example. You asked: Has there ever been a medically verified case of someone having a big part of their body paralyzed for years, due to a car accident or similar event, who eventually recovered the normal functioning of their paralyzed body part? It's very rare but I did find one example: The ...


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EU Clinical Trials Register provides clinical trials from EU and EEA, including Spain. Some trials are in 2 languages (country of origin plus English).


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I think there is a misunderstanding of the circumstances to which "break the glass" applies, or perhaps the rules by which physicians nurses and other patient care professionals are granted access to patient records. Regarding accessing the chart in general, annual training is given to physicians and hospital staff on the laws and regulations (for example ...


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