How to Get Medical Records Online from Your Hospital

last updated on August 26, 2022

Gone are the days when you had to physically visit your hospital to get your medical records. Nowadays, you can typically get your medical records online, in minutes, through your hospital’s patient portal.

How Do Medical Records Help Me Negotiate Hospital Bills?

Medical records provide additional context to negotiate your hospital bill because they include notes that your doctor recorded at the time of your hospital visit, including your:

  • Vital signs, like blood pressure, pulse and temperature
  • Lab tests and results
  • Doctor’s observations about your medical condition and diagnoses

By comparing your medical records against your hospital bill, a medical coder can find discrepancies — like charges for a procedure that you did not receive, or that your medical condition did not justify.

Goodbill compares your medical records against your hospital bill to determine whether your charges are fair and justified.

How Can I Get Medical Records for My Hospital Visit?

I’m a Goodbill customer

If you’re already working with Goodbill to negotiate your hospital bill, in many cases you can get your medical records seamlessly from your Goodbill account. 

Goodbill customers can connect to medical records directly from their account.

Simply visit the “Your details” tab in your account and grant us access. We’ll take you directly to your hospital’s patient portal to log in, confirm permissions — and you’re done! Your medical records are automatically sent to our medical coding experts. We keep this data secure and don’t use it for anything other than finding errors and possible savings opportunities.  

I don’t see the option to get medical records in my Goodbill account (or I’m not a Goodbill customer)

You can get your medical records online by following a few extra steps. 

Step 1: Locate your hospital’s patient portal

If you’re a Goodbill customer, and we know which patient portal system your hospital uses, your case manager will tell you so that you can skip this step. 

If we don’t have that information in our system, or if you’re not a Goodbill customer, here are a few ways to locate your hospital’s patient portal.

Google your hospital and “patient portal”

Probably the fastest way to land on your hospital’s patient portal is to Google your hospital name and “patient portal.” This should take you directly to the login.

Visit your hospital’s website

Many hospitals provide access to your patient portal directly from their website. If they do, you can generally find it in one of the following places:

  • Top or bottom of the site: Look for a button labeled “MyChart,” “FollowMyHealth,” “HealtheLife,” or “Patient Portal.”
  • “Medical records”: If there’s a medical records section on the site, it should provide a link and instructions on how to get your medical records.
  • “Contact us”: Hospitals sometimes put their patient portal in this section on the site.

Check your email

If you don’t find your hospital on the MyChart site, check your inbox: Some hospitals email you a link to your patient portal shortly after your visit. 

Check MyChart

You can check whether your hospital uses MyChart, which is one of the biggest patient portal systems.

You can check whether your hospital uses MyChart, which is one of the biggest patient portal systems. Visit the MyChart site, enter your hospital’s name and location, and you’ll be taken directly to your hospital’s patient portal login. 

Call your hospital

If all else fails, call your hospital and ask how you can get your medical records. Your hospital may use a proprietary patient portal system, or require you to submit a special request for your medical records. 

Step 2: Log in to your patient portal

You should see a login screen similar to the one shown here. Sign in with your username and password, or create a new account if you don’t already have one.

An example of a patient portal login page.

Step 3: Download the medical records for your hospital visit

Depending on which patient portal system your hospital uses, the steps to download your medical records may be different. Here are instructions for three major patient portal systems here, but it’s possible that your hospital uses its own system.

MyChart (Epic)

  1. Go to Your Menu in the top left corner.
  2. Click on Share My Record.
  3. Click on Download or send your record under the Share with People section.
  4. If you had only one visit, select that visit under Single Visit. If you had multiple visits, select Date range and enter the appropriate from date and to date.
  5. Click Download.
  6. If you get a Download My Record pop-up, select Summary Package (the one without password protection), and click Request.
  7. Click Refresh this page to check if your download is ready until your download is ready. The Summary PDF in the resulting ZIP file is now ready to share.

Your medical records should look similar to this:

An example of a MyChart medical record.

FollowMyHealth (AllScripts)

  1. Click the My Health tab.
  2. Click the Summary tab.
  3. Click Send > Export. Export Clinical Document is displayed.
  4. Select Download to this computer or an external storage device and click Continue. Download Clinical Document is displayed. You can select a document from the right pane, or filter your documents under Filter by Date.
  5. Find documents for a specific hospital visit by selecting Specific Date or Date Range and using the calendar tool.
  6. Click Select All to select all documents that are listed in the right pane, or select a single document to export. The files are packaged in a .zip file.
  7. Click Download and select Download as a Document (HTML).

HealtheLife (Cerner)

This system sometimes goes by different names, so it may be called something other than HealtheLife — for example, your hospital name, plus “portal” or “chart.” 

  1. Go to the Health Record tab in the menu.
  2. Go to Visit Summaries and download the one for your hospital visit.

Your medical records should look similar to this:

An example of a HealtheLife, or Cerner, medical record.

Negotiating hospital bills has never been this easy.

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