As a patient, Federal regulation entitles you to receive a copy of your medical records from your care facilities. Most care facilities will provide you with an electronic format of your medical record, called a Continuity of Care Document (CCD), and are required to do so within 36 hours after your discharge from the hospital and 4 business days for a primary care center after your visit.
A CCD (Continuity of Care Document) is an electronic medical record in xml format. It contains the patient name, sex, date of birth, race, ethnicity, preferred language, smoking status, problems, medications, medication allergies, laboratory tests, laboratory results, vital signs, care plan fields including goals and instructions, procedures and care team members. In addition, encounter diagnoses, immunizations, referral reason and discharge instructions may also be added.
To receive your CCD, go to your care facility website and look for instructions on how to access and receive your medical record. Most hospitals will allow you to download your CCD from their patient portal or receive it through secure email.