You are being monitored. Closely. They have been following you from the moment you were born, and likely will be for the rest of your life. Who are "they?" Your doctors, of course. We're talking about your medical records, or the notes, reports and lab results that your health care providers have amassed on your behalf, either digitally or in paper form. It may sound a little creepy, but these records provide a detailed (and oh so important) transcript of your medical history, from your birth weight to your (eventual) cause of death. (Excuse the morbidity.) This information is powerful as it can be used to ensure the quality of your care (and to prevent horrible mistakes). It is also tremendously personal. That is why it is so important that you understand how your medical information is kept and shared. Need a crash course? Here are four facts about your medical records that you should know.
Rethinking patient confidentiality: Four surprising facts about your medical records
1. Your medical records are yours. (Really!)
It may seem like …