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Reading Your Doctor’s Notes

Patients across California now have easier access to their medication lists, lab results, upcoming appointments and messaging through secure online systems. But one key aspect of the medical record is not typically available online: the candid notes a physician writes about you during and after an appointment.

Those notes are part of a patient’s medical record and include anything from descriptions of a patient’s demeanor to diagnosis and treatment plans. Doctors’ notes are legally available to patients, though the time and photocopying involved in retrieving them can be cumbersome.