New tool aims to simplify medical records requests

A team of health technology organizations joined forces to develop a new tool that makes it easier for patients to request and receive digital copies of their health records in the format of their choice.

The new Health Records Request Wizard prototype was released during the Biden Cancer Summit in Washington, D.C., last month. According to a press release, the tool streamlines and simplifies the records request process for patients, providers and medical records experts.

The tool works as a “start form” and helps users or patients explain what records they need, in what formats and when they’re needed. The request is then delivered to a provider’s medical records specialist who responds.

“This tool will help bring an outdated process into the 21st century and make it easier to obtain and organize health records in electronic formats, ultimately helping create a comprehensive picture of a person’s health,” Christine Bechtel, co-founder and president of X4 Health, said in the release. X4 Health led the team of organizations in developing the prototype.

The Health Records Request Wizard live prototype is available at healthrecordwizard.com. Additional information on the tool can also be found at x4health.com/healthdata.