Teen access to health record

As a teenager you are likely beginning to take on more responsibility at home, school and in the workplace. Now is also a time for you to start becoming more involved in your health and well-being. We encourage you to ask your parent/guardian and health care provider questions about your health so you can better understand any health condition(s) you may have and your treatment choices. This is one of the best ways to start building a relationship with your doctor.

When you turn 13 years old, you can sign up for a free Allina Health account to get access to information in your health record (MyChart). You’ll be able to sign in to the mobile app or website and use all the same features as adults, including:

  • scheduling and managing appointments online, including virtual visits
  • emailing with your care team
  • viewing test results
  • refilling prescriptions
  • accessing your health information anytime

How you can sign up for an Allina Health account as a teen

Your free online account makes it easier than ever to communicate with your clinic, hospital and health care provider. Whether it’s a question about a recent visit or finding the date of your last tetanus shot, you can turn to your account for the answer.

Sign up for your account:

  • in person at your next clinic or hospital visit, by asking a representative to sign you up
  • online by going to account.allinahealth.org and choosing create an account and following the prompts

You will need a valid email address to sign up for an Allina Health account. This email address will be used to notify you when there is new information, like test results and appointment details, in your account. Once your account is set up, you can change notifications to include text messages.

To learn more, view the answers to frequently asked questions about the Allina Health account and your health record (MyChart).

Privacy information for teens

We encourage you to discuss all health care conditions and questions with your parent or guardian, but we also respect your privacy and rights. In fact, Minnesota state law allows you to obtain some health services without parental or guardian permission.

At your request, health care providers may keep certain services confidential, including:

  • prevention and treatment of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection
  • diagnosis and treatment of sexual and physical abuse
  • care and counseling for drug and alcohol problems

A parent or guardian, with proxy access to your health record, will not be able to see information related to these services.

Your account is set up so that your parent or guardian with proxy access will be able to see medical messages sent to your care team and replies. It is up to you to remove the proxy's ability to see a message and replies, and you must do so every time that you send a message.

For parents or guardians with proxy access to a child’s health record

If you already have proxy access to a child’s electronic health record, this access will automatically change from full access to limited access when the child turns 13 years old.

You will be able to:

  • message the teen’s care team
  • request appointments for a teen
  • review allergies, immunizations and growth charts
  • view and pay bills

Access to your teen's health information

Teens will be able to see their entire health record, including potentially sensitive information such as birth records, adoption history or diagnoses not yet shared. You may wish to discuss these topics with your teen before they sign up for an account.

As a parent or guardian with proxy access, you will be able to see medical messages sent to the teen's care team and the replies. Your teen can make messages and the replies confidential by unselecting those with proxy access each time a message is initiated.

When a teen signs up for an Allina Health account, notifications about new information, such as test results, will be sent to the email address or phone number associated with the account.

Supporting your teen and their health privacy

You’ve likely been responsible for most, if not all, the health care decisions for your child. But as they grow into teens and young adults, now is the time to help them take more responsibility for managing their health. We encourage you to stay close to your teen during this time of transition to young adulthood and provide guidance about their health and changing bodies and lives. Minnesota state law allows teens to receive some health services without a parent or guardian present. Health care providers must keep those services confidential, including:

  • prevention and treatment of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection
  • diagnosis and treatment of sexual and physical abuse
  • care and counseling for drug and alcohol problems

While access to your teen’s health information may be limited online, you can still request a copy of their full health record.

How to request proxy access to your teen’s health record

Proxy access allows a parent or guardian to gain access to a child’s health record through your Allina Health account. There are two ways to request access to a child’s health record:

  • Complete the child proxy form and submit using the address or fax number shown on the form
  • Sign into your Allina Health account and click add someone (proxy)

Learn more about how to request proxy access and view the answers to frequently asked questions about the Allina Health account and your health record (MyChart).

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