Beginning April 5 we will be making it easier for you to access your medical record. This is due to a new provision in the law called the 21st Century Cures Act. For appointments that occur on or after April 5, 2021 the notes listed below will be available to view through the patient portal. Notes for visits prior to April 5, 2021 will become accessible to you through the patient portal in the days ahead.
As a patient, you already have the right to an electronic copy of your medical records by making a request to your provider. However, this new provision empowers you with immediate access to these records on your own through myUHS/myCMHC and removes barriers and delays related to a traditional medical record request process.
Anyone who has access to your UT EID and password will have access to your medical records.
Sharing your UT EID password with anyone else is a violation of the university's Acceptable Use Policy, and it can jeopardize the privacy and security of your personal information. If you have concerns about someone who has access to your EID and password retrieving information about your visits, you can take the following actions:
Use discretion when sharing information from your medical record. For example, if your professor or workplace asks for a visit verification, you do not need to download and send them your entire medical record or notes from your visit.
Your counseling and medical records are some of the most private information maintained about you. While the 21st Century Cures Act is designed to provide more immediate access to your records, it also puts part of the responsibility on you to maintain the privacy and security of your information.
Although the 21st Century Cures Act specifically says that psychotherapy notes cannot be viewed, CMHC and UHS mental health counselors do not use psychotherapy notes as defined in this law. For all mental health visits, you will still see notes that your counselor or psychiatrist wrote including information about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment plan, prescriptions and lab results.
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