Your medical record

All care you receive must be documented in your patient medical record.

Confidentiality

No one who does not have a healthcare relationship with you may read the information contained in your medical records. We do not even share information with your other healthcare providers unless you give your consent to this. The same applies to your relatives and close friends if you are an adult.


Special rules apply with regard to information to children under the age of 18 who are related to someone who is ill.

Shared medical records

In order to be able to provide you with the best possible healthcare, we apply what is known as shared medical records. This means that we and many other care providers – e.g. hospitals can access all of your medical records in order to be sure that you are given the correct treatment.

You must, however, always give your consent for us to share your information with other care providers.

The purpose of shared medical records is that we can have a more complete view of your care requirements and are sure that your information is up to date. There is no need for you to repeat your healthcare history every time you go to a new care provider. Your information is protected under the Swedish Patient Data Act.

You can refuse

You can refuse shared medical records, in which case must you inform the healthcare personnel you meet. They will help you to complete the form required to block your records and inform you about what this means.

The information in your medical records will then be unavailable to other care providers. You yourself must explain to healthcare personnel at your other health providers what they need to know in order for them to be able to provide you with good care.

Guardians do not have the right to block their children’s medical records. As they become older and more mature, however, children under 18 may be entitled to block their own medical records.

The Patient Data Act

The Patient Data Act contains rules on the handling of personal data in the health and social care system.

This act regulates, among other things:

• opportunities for health and social care personnel involved in the care of a certain patient to access information in those medical records necessary for care, even if this has been recorded in a different healthcare organisation

• rules on who may access patient information in their work in health and social care services

• the patient’s right to block information in their medical records in an electronic medical records system

Want to find out more?

The purpose of your medical records is to document the care you receive. This documentation will in turn contribute to good, safe care. Patients’ medical records are an important tool for employees in the health care service, as well as providing you with an opportunity to make sure that you receive the correct care. You are, of course, welcome to ask personnel at your local clinic any questions about your medical records.


You can also find out more about shared medical records and your medical records at the 1177 Vårdguiden website’s section on your rights in the care system.