Requesting Medical Records
HOW TO REQUEST A COPY OF YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS OR X-RAY AND RADIOLOGY IMAGES
I. COMPLETE A RELEASE OF INFORMATION FORM
Patients or their legal representatives can get copies of their medical records, or have copies sent to another facility. To do this, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) requires a completed and signed form before we can release the records to anyone, including the patient.
Print and complete the Request for Release of Medical Record Information form. This release of information form is available as a Spanish version and a Vietnamese version. (The form must be completed, dated and signed.)
- Make sure to specify which parts of your medical records you wish to obtain. Often the discharge summary, operative report and history and physical exam have information needed for continued care.
- Requests/authorizations for the following information must be initiated as indicated on the form by the authorized person:
- Psychiatric Care
- Alcohol/drug abuse
If you have questions about this process or regarding the release of medical record information, please call (408) 885-3764 . For information regarding radiology films or the CD library, call (408) 885-6376 .
II. SUBMITTING YOUR REQUEST
Once you have completed your request for release of medical information, you can submit your request by mail or bring in person to the health information management department, or by faxing the form.
MAIL OR IN PERSON
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Health Information Management Department
Release of Information
751 S. Bascom Ave., Room 1C037
San Jose, CA 95128
The Health Information Management Services (Medical Records) Department is located on the first floor of SCVMC, across from Elevator C.
Title Attn.: Release of Information
Monday - Friday
8 AM - 4 PM
Weekend and Holidays: Closed
If the department is closed, there are 3 specific mailboxes where you can drop off your request: 1) By the Medical Record Department door; 2) at the entrance to Sobrato building; or 3) at the ER entrance, Bldg. K, Turner Drive
- If you plan to have someone else pick up your records, make sure your representative has an original, signed authorization letter from you, as well as a photo ID.
- Please allow up to 10 business days or 14 calendar days for your request to be processed.
- If you indicate that you want to pick up your forms in person, you will be contacted by the Release of Information Office when your records are ready. A photo ID is required.
COST FOR COPY OF INFORMATION
Records requested for a physician or other provider are sent to the provider at no cost. If you would like to obtain a copy for your records the following costs could apply:
- $6.50 for a copy of the electronic portion of the record.
- $0.07 per page to reproduce the part of your record that is stored in paper.
- If your charges exceed $100, we may require payment before the records are released
For X-Ray or radiology images, the first CD or set of films is free; additional copies cost $15 for CD, or $15 for each film. To contact the Radiology Film/CD Library, call (408) 885-6376.
TO OBTAIN A COPY OF YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE
Copies of birth certificates can be obtained through the Clerk Recorder’s Office of Santa Clara County. For more information, please call (408) 299-5688 or visit their website: www.clerkrecorder.org