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Family Medical Records

Family Medical Records Introduction

The personal medical history, as recorded in the medical record, can play a central role in evaluating patients in a variety of medical settings, particularly in emergencies. When doctors evaluate patients for any medical issue or complaint, easy access to the medical history of the patient helps the doctor provide more efficient, accurate, and appropriate care and to minimize unnecessary and costly tests.

Having personal medical information readily available can be particularly important in the following situations:

  • During a visit to the emergency room
  • Going to urgent-care centers
  • Being evaluated before a surgery
  • Visiting a new doctor or a specialist

Having current personal medical records can be even more important for people who themselves are unable to provide their medical history adequately, such as children and the elderly.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/2/2014

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