Why should I keep my medical records?

Answer: Medical images are much like your personal photos. They tell a story – a life’s story.


Yet HIPAA requires health care providers to retain your medical images for only six years from the date of its creation or the date when it last was in effect (whichever is later, your state may require longer retention). One day, your medical images may make a big difference in a diagnosis or treatment options by providing a baseline comparison to new images. Access-to and shareability of your medical images enables you to easily seek second opinions.