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How can I access my medical records in the United States?

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 ...
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How long should a person keep blood test results?

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 ...
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How to Simplify Patient Visual Info for Doctors

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 ...
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Mental disorders are documented in the DSM, how are other medical conditions documented?

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 ...
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How do I stop my doctor from killing me?

First up Coleman's, well, he's a crank. There's no other word for it - he's an AIDS denialist, a COVID-denialist, and the lion's share of his career has been spent writing lurid tabloid "advice&...
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Is electronic health record (EHR) in the US centralized or does each hospital/doctor have their own?

Short answer: there are many different EHR systems, and they don’t like to talk to each other. Long answer: There are a lot of different pieces of software out there for EHR systems. Soarian, Epic, ...
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What information is a US healthcare provider required to provide access to under the 21st Century Cures Act?

The regulations define two phases of expanding definitions of what information must not be blocked. Before October 6, 2022 The first phase is described in the Office of the National Coordinator for ...
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How often do ICD codes reflect the actual diagnosis in EHR?

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....
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How long should a person keep blood test results?

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 ...
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Who can release my medical records if I'm temporarily disabled?

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 ...
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UK - Doctor's access to family info

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 ...
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Have there been any medically verified records of individuals with parts of their bodies paralyzed for years that eventually got healed?

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 ...
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What is Spanish equivalent of webpage clinicaltrials.gov?

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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Necessity of break-the-glass for accessing patient electronic health records in emergency

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 ...
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