The right of a mentally competent patient who is of age to access a medical record (whether paper or electronic) lies primarily with the healthcare professional in charge of treating the patient concerned and with the patient, insofar as it does not infringe on the privacy of anyone other than the patient. Furthermore, those directly involved in performing the treatment and any healthcare professional substituting for the practitioner are authorized to access the records if necessary for treatment. It is fair to assume that your practitioner will only use the data that has been defined and can be expected to be necessary to perform his/her professional duties or tasks.
Others are not authorized to access your records without your permission, unless this is permitted by law for the purpose of statistical analysis or scientific research. You can request access to your medical records and/or copies of your records in consultation with your practitioner, unless providing this information would infringe the privacy of other individuals. The hospital charges a fee for this service.
If you wish to access or receive a copy of your records, please complete the request form that you can obtain from the department of Medical Information Processing (Tel: +31 (0)10 703 58 27). You can also find the form on the Erasmus MC website. If you have any questions or comments, please visit the Patient and Healthcare Administration Front Service Desk, Medical Information Office, in the main hall of Erasmus MC, central location. The desk is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not agree with the contents of your records after having accessed them or receiving a copy, you can draw up a statement indicating your views on the treatment and ask your healthcare professional to include it in your records. The healthcare professional will accommodate your request.
You may also request your healthcare professional to destroy your medical records. In principle, the healthcare professional must comply with your request within three months (after having pointed out any potential risks to you), unless retaining the records is of significant importance for others or if legislation prohibits the destruction of the records.