Why Do I Now Have Access to Medical Notes?

May 12, 2021
CURES Act

If you are a Middlesex Health patient with a MyChart account, you now have access to medical notes from physicians, nurses, etc. You also can access notes regarding your labs, imaging and pathology.

These notes are now automatically shared with you unless your medical providers explicitly choose not to share them.

When you receive medical notes, or the results of lab, radiology or other exams, you will see them in MyChart before your provider. Your provider will follow up with you if the findings require action on your part. Please do not call your provider's office when you receive your results. They will review your results as quickly as possible.

Prior to May 1, these notes were not automatically shared, and this change is due to the 21st Century CURES Act — a federal act that impacts all health care providers throughout the country. This act gives patients greater access to their health records in a secure manner. The hope is to empower you as you navigate the health care system.

If you do not have a MyChart account, you can get more information and sign up for an account here. To do so, you must be 18 or older to create an account. Getting an account will allow you to participate more actively in your health care. Patients under the age of 18 can also have a MyChart account, but their parent or guardian would have proxy access.

Through MyChart, you can access your medical and financial records in one spot, and you can book medical appointments online, allowing you to bypass the phone queue and book an appointment with your provider when they are next available. MyChart also allows you to fill out paperwork in advance of your visit; view lab and test results and your list of medications; pay your bills; securely email your doctor; and participate in secure virtual visits with your medical providers.

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