All About Medical Record Information
The medical record is the property of the hospital. The patient does not automatically receive a copy of his/her medical record upon discharge from the hospital. Medical records must be completed by all physicians involved in the patient's care prior to being copied and released to the patient. This process can take up to 30 days. The patient may receive a copy of his/her medical record, upon completion, for a fee.
Patient-related information may also be released to a physician or medical facility for follow-up care of the patient when needed, free of charge. We encourage patients to request medical record information at least 10 days prior to any follow-up care.
Medical Records Policy
Has It Been More Than 10 Years?
The George Washington University Hospital retains hospital based medical records in accordance with the District of Columbia's Municipal Regulations.
All records are maintained for not less than 10 years following the date of discharge, after which they are destroyed. This applies to both inpatient and outpatient cases that are hospital-based services.
If the patient was a minor at the time of last visit, records are maintained for a minimum of 10 years or until the person is 22 years of age.
How Do I Receive My Medical Record Information?
Step 1: Authorization Release Forms
The information contained in the patient's medical record is confidential. All requests for release of medical records information must be accompanied by an authorization form and signed by the patient. The form must have an original signature.
Download a printable version of the authorization form (PDF) >
Step 2: Submit
Please mail or deliver in person to the address below:
Health Information Management Dept.
George Washington University Hospital
900 23rd Street, NW
Washington DC 20037
Electronic Delivery of Records for Patients Only
To receive your medical record information via the Internet, please complete steps 1 and 2. Be sure to indicate on the authorization form that you want the medical record information sent to you electronically providing an email address. address.
Processing and copy fees are charged on a case-by-case basis. Costs may vary depending on the type of request.
HealthPort Copy Costs:
Only disability Continuity of Care (Records to other health care health care providers): Patients records will be forwarded directly to any health care provider at no charge.
Only disability determination agencies are authorized to request and receive patient medical records. Fees are regulated by the state of residency of that agency. Such fees are only applicable when the request is received directly from a state or federal agency.
$0.76 per page plus shipping and handling fee for mailed request.
$0.49 per page for electronic delivery.
$22.88 preparation fee. $0.76 per page plus shipping and handling fee.
Attorney rates for viewing records: $25 per hour.
Billing and Technical Support:
For any billing or technical support questions on medical records sent to you please call 1-800-367-1500.